Galungan is the most important recurring religious ceremonies. Occurring once in every 210 days in the pawukon (Balinese cycle of days), in its importance it can be probably compared to Christmas for most.
The series of Hindu religious ceremonies that are performed during the 10-day Galungan period are generally considered.
Galungan always lasts three days.
The first day (Penampahan Galungan): is a lot to be done, decorating temples, offerings for gods, food for ceremonies etc. Men have to make penjors and prepare babi guling for the ceremony . (Babi guling a local balinese dish – roasted suckling pig).
The second day is the main day for Galungan Day, when all ceremonies happen. Every family will have a ceremony in their family temple and in the village temple. Everyone will be busy with religious ceremonies.
The third day, is called Galungan Manis (‘sweet galungan’): the family can finally celebrate and have a big day off to have fun. Families often spend their time going to the beach. Swimming in the ocean is a symbolic way to clean up from bad energy and bad spirits.
The Galungan Ceremony in Bali