Bali Day #3 – it’s Ruther’s 50th
Today was an interesting day. We wanted to do the following – meet Clarky & Ranners for some Boxing Day hugging, some sight-seeing, dinner at Jimbaran Bay and then offskie to Steve’s villa for Bali Day #3 – it’s Ruther’s 50th. As always best laid plans. So silly little things like;
Ah we have no room in the villa to store luggage Sir, so we need you to check out midday;
Yeah there is actually a festival on at the moment and it is likely that Jimbaran Bay is all going to be closed; and
Clarky and Ranners ended up in different place for lunch.
So what to do for Bali Day #3 – it’s Ruther’s 50th? We improvised is what we did. We hired two vans to pick us up from the villa, there is our luggage storage sorted. Off for lunch to Potato Head, there’s sustenance and beach done, off to Uluwatu for some culture immersion and the most amazing scenery, we did then drive to Jimbaran Bay – yes all 100% closed. Executive decision was struck – let’s just get going to Ubud and the villa. But the festival did come back and get us again on the way to Ubud Villa. Grrrr!
I am only joking. It is truly amazing to see Bali morph at religious festival times. Apparently something that has been happening since 5th Century BC. So what has been ‘haunting’ Bali Day #3 – it’s Ruther’s 50th? Galungan is the time of year. All the Balinese dress up in stunning religious costumes, and have religious ornaments everywhere. Every street has bamboo poles, called penjor, that are decorated with offerings to the returning ancestors and deities. Incense wafts in the air.
Galungan is a celebration of the triumph of good over evil. On the eve of Galungan AKA Penampahan Galungan, animals are sacrificed as special offerings which are meant to get rid of negativity in both the bhuana agung (the environment of the individual human being) and the bhuana alit (the inner world of the individual human being); the meat is afterwards prepared and cooked for traditional Balinese dishes such as lawar, babi guling, and satay. Now I am liking this festival. I’m off to get a Sarong.
The temple is regarded as one of the sad kahyangan and is dedicated to Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa in his manifestation as Rudra. Go figure huh! The temple is built at the edge (ulu) of a 70 meter high cliff or rock (watu) projecting into the sea. In folklore, this rock is said to be part of Dewi Danu’s petrified barque. A small temple was claimed to have existed earlier, the structure was significantly expanded by a Javanese sage, Empu Kuturan in the 11th Century. Yes it is old too. Bloody stunning this place is.
The temple is inhabited by monkeys, who are notorious for snatching tourists’ belongings – you have been warned. They can usually be persuaded into trading the items for fruit, although this only encourages them to steal more. Just like children. Apparently scientists have collected data to show that these monkeys have learnt to barter, and will hand that skill down to new groups. OMG that is quite scary. Bali Day #3 – it’s Ruther’s 50th.
We leave Seminyak and start our drive to Ubud and Hillside Villa, Ubud for the next exciting chapter of our trip, and Steve’s actual birthday. Sadly the next day for me was not so good – read on in next blog. Two cards in convoy. We hit the jungle roads in pitch black darkness due to our friends on their Galungan Festival procession and WOW, what a journey that was. We went back there a couple of days later during day-light and we could now see the bumps, turns, river crossings etc. Interesting!!!
But we got there eventually – and then…
So there is it folks Bali Day #3 – it’s Ruther’s 50th. A lovely day seeing amazing things and basically just having fun fun fun. What more could you ask for huh? A wonderful day. We had Jude singing the whole way to Steve’s, yes he had sugar rush from a Fanta drink – too funny. Convoy on way to Steve’s as two vans who kept losing each other – yeah that was fun, not. Pitch bag travers to Steve’s place was interesting to say the least – that was a challenge for sure. And then our mates out for Galungan Festival walks and sit-ins – love you guys. Come December 26th ish yourself next year and you will also – ENJOY!!!