Galungan is a Balinese holiday that celebrates the victory of dharma over adharma (the triumph of good over evil). It marks the time when ancestral spirits of deceased relatives visit the Earth. The spirits of deceased relatives return to visit their former homes and the Balinese have a responsibility to be hospitable and welcoming to their past ancestors through prayers and offerings throughout their home.

Penjor – symbol of prosperity

The most obvious sign of the celebrations is the penjor – bamboo poles with offerings suspended at the end which line the roads.

Galungan is a big, happy celebration where people connect with God, eat good Balinese food and dresses up in traditional clothes to visit the temples and their families.

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