Last Sunday in the village, two families celebrated the Metatah ceremony which takes place when a teenager, boy or girl, reaches puberty or before his/her marriage. It is a passage to adulthood by which a holy priest smoothes six upper teeth symbolizing the six evils inside a human being: lust, greed, wrath, pride, jealousy and addiction. After the ceremony, a teenager is considered to be a mature adult freed from the six devils. Pictured, our nice restaurant waiter Lely was part of the ceremony together with her sisters and brother.
This beginning of the year was like no other for the Balinese, as they celebrated their biggest Hindu festival (Galungan & Kuningan) almost at the same time as the new year. Last Friday they also celebrated Siwa by going to the village temple (Dalem) in the evening to pray and often spend the whole night in meditation. It is also known as a night of introspection which is celebrated once a year. Pictured is the Siwa Statue at Gilimanuk Bay-West Bali National Park.
Last week, after celebrating Kuningan, which marks the end of the Galungan festivities and the departure of the ancestors from the family temples, we installed a magnificent billiard table in the large lobby room. We discovered on this occasion that in a small village 10 km from Dajuma, surrounded by nature, there was a billiard manufacturer known throughout Bali and even exporting to other islands and abroad. A great novelty that should delight our guests!
Bali never stops partying: after celebrating Christmas and the New Year, it’s the turn of the Balinese New Year whose festivities will last 10 days, from January 4 (Galungan) to January 14 (Kuningan). It is a good opportunity to decorate the streets with magnificent panjore and to make offerings to the gods and ancestors who come down to earth during this period. For Balinese, it is also an opportunity to visit family, sometimes far away, which generates heavy traffic on the roads. A joyful and meaningful celebration which delights our guests!
Last Saturday, like millions of people around the world, we celebrated the new year, happy to turn the page on COVID. Despite the uncertainties that remain for 2023, the wishes exchanged between the participants were particularly optimistic and even enthusiastic. It must be said that the program for the evening could only make people happy: a gargantuan buffet around the traditional Babi Guling, 2 orchestras playing Jeggog and Anklung music accompanying traditional Balinese dances and an orchestra performing live rockabilly music from 70s 80s (a great moment when a guest took the microphone to perform several songs in a simply magnificent deep voice). At midnight, fireworks were fired from the beach ending the evening in apotheosis.
Selamat Tahun Baru!