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More Than Thousand Balinese Did Melasti in Kuta

More than thousand Balinese from 13 banjar and 11 temples got together in Kuta Beach, Badung

More Than Thousand Balinese Did Melasti in Kuta
Tribun Bali/Rino Gale
Pelaksanaan upacara melasti Desa Adat Kuta menjelang Hari Raya Nyepi. Upacara tersebut berlangsung di Pantai Kuta, Senin (4/3/2019) 

TRIBUN-BALI.COM- More than thousand Balinese from 13 banjar and 11 temples got together in Kuta Beach, Badung, for Melasti Ceremony. To get Kuta Beach, for this ceremony, they were all need to walk for about 3 KM from Kuta Street, Monday (4/3) in the afternoon. A big number of international and domestic tourist took a picture and make footage of that ritual.

The head of Kuta, I Wayan Wasita, said this procession held days before The Silent Day, before Hindu-Balinese do Tapa Brata Penyepian.

“The meaning of this ritual is to purify macro cosmos and micro cosmos. In this situation, people are expected to do self introspection,” he said. People pray for the harmony of the universe.

He emphasize, although Kuta now is the center of tourist destination, it does not mean that the Balinese people forget their tradition and culture. He and his people will forever keep preserve this tradition.

In this year ceremony, there not only Balinese were in that ritual, there was also foreigners. They wear Bali traditional costume in white.
Some tourist were also mingle with local people to witness the ceremony, seat in silent facing the beach.

“Those tourist were only watching the ritual,” he explained.

In the other side of this ritual, it bring luck for the local traders along parking area. One of the trader named Ari, said he sold quite a lot of meals and beverage from afternoon to evening.

“My profit increase three times. Usually I sell my stuff by walking around. This ceremony bring luck for me,” he said.  

Penulis: Ni Ketut Sudiani
Editor: Aloisius H Manggol
Sumber: Tribun Bali
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