SARASWATI DAY AT DAJUMA

SARASWATI DAY AT DAJUMA

On August 28th, all Bali celebrated the famous Saraswati Day, held in honour of Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, arts, wisdom and learning symbolized by a beautiful woman with four hands, riding a white swan among water lilies.
It is held every 210 days, on Saturday/Saniscara Umanis Watugunung (based on pawukon in Balinese Calendar ). Saraswati day itself is celebrated by the Balinese people bringing offerings to their holy books and script in their houses, while students celebrate it at school, usually in the morning, and the office-workers in their office. In the afternoon of Saraswati day we are not permitted to read or write the book because all the books are offered. In the evening, called Malam Sastra, people read books (especially religious books) in their houses or in the temple. The day after Saraswati Day is Banyu Pinaruh day. “Banyu” means water and “Pinaruh” mean wisdom. In other words, we must have wisdom which always flows like water and which is useful for human kind. As a cultural ritual that is part of the traditions in Bali, the event is characterised by gathering of the locals in the early morning at any of the following locations: the river banks, the shores of the lake or at the beach. A purification ceremony consists in taking a bath at these locations. It is believed to rejuvenate the body and get rid of the mundane feeling that comes from day to day activities.
This is shown on the picture this week: a Pekutatan family bathes close to Dajuma to celebrate Saraswati.

76 years of independence

76 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

This week Indonesia celebrated 76 years of independence. All over the archipelago were taking place joyful celebrations. In our place where Dajuma is located, it takes on a special meaning because it is the place where Colonel N’Gurah Rai landed with his soldiers to fight against the Dutch army. It was in 1946 a year after the proclamation of independence. Since then, the whole Indonesian nation remembers this courageous officer who, with disregard for his own life and despite limited military resources, succeeded in changing the order of things. A great lesson in courage!

Welcome Ida Bagus Rey Singgih Adhyasta

WELCOME IDA BAGUS REY SINGGIH ADHYASTA!

It is difficult to establish a correlation between this interminable pandemic which nevertheless seems to have some positive effects if we judge by the birth rate in Dajuma, which has risen sharply for a year.
This week we are pleased to congratulate our colleague Gus Alit and his wife on the birth of their second child, a lovely little boy named Ida Bagus Rey Singgih Adhyasta.
Today he has just completed his first ceremony called “kepus pungsed” which coincides with the release of the umbilical cord and which is considered by Hindus in Bali to be sacred.
Congratulations to the happy parents and long life to Ida Bagus Rey Singgih Adhyasta!

A LOCAL SPECIALTY NOT LIKE OTHERS

A LOCAL SPECIALTY NOT LIKE OTHERS

Only 30 mn from Dajuma, is a place not like others called Perancak. A place not like others because of the presence of these extraordinary fishing boats called buggies moored in the natural port of a river estuary. But not only. Most of the inhabitants of Perancak live there as fishermen. They have a local food speciality called Pedetan or Bedetan made from the sardenilla lemuru fish. The famous “Bugis boats” start the fishing trip from Perancak, usually the fishermen catch a lot of lemuru fishes and sell them to the fish cannery. The rest of the fishing is usually taken home and processed into Pedetan / Bedetan by the community of women who run a domestic industry in the village. They use a traditional technique to make the Bedetan, starting with cleaning the fish and removing the head, then they will split and fillet. The fish clean then seasoned with selected spices and continued drying in the sun until well dried. It can be kept  up to 2 months and you just need to fry it before eating it. It is crispy and delicious. A must to try next time you visit us!

SUNSET RELAXATION

SUNSET RELAXATION

After a long day devoted to sport and children, a good moment of relaxation in front of the setting sun is always welcome. This is the best time of day for reading and meditation. All accompanied, why not, by a delicious cocktail. A moment that we all want to rediscover when Bali opens again to tourism, no later than early August, hopefully! This photo was sent to us this week by a client and friend who came to celebrate his forty-fifth birthday with his family.