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The Winner Penjor & Gebogan Competition

05 September 2016

South Kuta Beach Business Association’s Penjor Competition

On Friday, 2nd September 2016, some of the hotels and restaurants in South Kuta Beach participated in a Penjor and Gebogan Competition, organised by the South Kuta Beach Business Association (SKBBA), to prepare for Galungan.

Galungan is a Balinese holiday that signifies the victory of Virtue (Dharma) over Evil (Adharma). This important festival occurs every 210 days. It will begin this year on Wednesday 7th September and will last for 10 days. During this time, the Balinese gods and ancestral spirits descend to Earth to be honoured. They will leave on Kuningan, which is the final day of the holiday.

The Penjor is a slender, eight-metre high, gracefully arching bamboo pole, festooned with colourful flowers, fruit, unhusked rice and palm frond ornamentation, with an offering at the base. This is used by the Hindus in Bali as part of almost every important ceremony, especially for the anniversary temple celebrations. The Sri Jaya Kasunu manuscript states that the penjor symbolises the mountain, and the mountain itself is the symbol of the universe. Therefore, for the Balinese, the penjor is synonymous with Mount Agung, the highest and holiest mountain in Bali.

The aim of placing penjors at Galungan is to show devotion to God in his manifestation as the god of the mountain (Hyang Giri Pati). Mountains with deep forests hold a lot of water, which flows into rivers. This then fulfils water needs for irrigation and drinking water. During the Galungan celebrations, each family places a penjor outside their gate, which makes the whole neighbourhood look splendid.

All the SKBBA member hotels place their penjor in front of their hotel entrance. Visitors to the South Kuta Beach area will be amazed by the beautiful, Balinese atmosphere within the South Kuta Beach streets during this 10-day celebration.

Gebogan is a Balinese offering with the reflection of a mountain shape or triangle. This offering consists of many kinds of fruits, flowers and other ornaments that are arranged in a triangle shape. When gebogan is presented as an offering to God, it is ‘delivered’ to the temple by carrying it on top of the head. If it is used as a decoration in a traditional ceremony, it is usually set on the floor or on top of table

Penjor & Gebogan Competition, took place at VIP parking area of Lippo Mall Kuta on Friday 2nd September. All of the bamboo for the competition was sponsored by  SKBBA with the objective to encourage other businesses and the local community to take part in the competition, which in turn will bring the community together, create an attraction, and educate visitors about the Balinese Hindu culture and traditions. There were 18 teams for Penjor competition and 17 teams for Gebogan competition. A team of judges from the local community and Tri Hita Karana judged the skills based on the traditional art and beliefs beliefs and not just on the looks. The lucky winner for both the Penjor and the Gebogan was the Patra Jasa Resort and Villas.

This is the 5th time this competition has taken place and has become a regular event before each Galungan to showcase culture and encourage the communities to keep traditional culture and skills alive.

Winner :

Penjor Competition

Winner : Patra Jasa Bali Resort & Villas
2nd Place : Risata Bali Resort  & Spa
3rd Place : Sun Island Hotel Kuta
Favourite as judged by the media: Adhi Jaya Hotel Kuta


Gebogan Competition
Winner : Patra Jasa Bali Resort & Villas
2nd Placa: Eden Hotel Kuta
3rd Place: Bedrock Hotel Kuta
Favourite as judged by the media : Bali Dynasty Resort

Image from Penjor & Gebogan competition available to download Here

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