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02 Sep 2016 - 04 Sep 2016

Penjor & Gebogan Competition

On Friday, 2nd of September 2016, businesses in the South Kuta Beach area will be participating in a Penjor and Gebogan Competition, organised by the South Kuta Beach Business Association (SKBBA) and Kuta Village, 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 on Wednesday, 7th of September 2016 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 aim of placing penjors at Galungan is to show devotion to God in his manifestation as the god of the mountain (Hyang Giri Pati). The people believe that water flows from the mountains into Bali’s four freshwater lakes, which are the source of the rivers and springs for the entire island, fulfilling the 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.

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.

All of the bamboos for the competition have been supplied by the SKBBA with the objective to encourage other businesses and the local community to take part in the competition, which in turn will pull the community together, create an attraction, and educate visitors about the Balinese Hindu culture and traditions. The competition is expected to present at least 40 Penjors and Gebogans, and a jury will be selecting the winner at the end of the event. This is the Association’s fifth penjor and third gebogan competition, now collaborating with Kuta Village, with the aim that it will become an attraction that will grow year after year, showcasing the culture and keeping the traditional skills alive.

Everyone is welcome to watch the Penjor & Gebogan Competition, which will take place on the VIP Parking Area of the Lippo Mall Kuta located on Jalan Kartika on Friday 2nd September 2016. The Penjor Competition will be from 1pm to 6pm and the Gebogan Competition will be from 3pm to 6pm. The competition will mark the beginning of SKBBA Food & Entertainment Festival at the Lippo Mall Kuta which will run for three days from the 2nd until the 4th of September 2016. During the festival, visitors can savour various culinary delights while being entertained by Balinese dances including the world famous Kecak dance, acoustic music performance & Quiz.

After the events all the SKBBA members, together with other businesses in the area, will place their penjor in front of the entrance to their premises. 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.

The South Kuta Beach Business Association is a group of hotels, restaurants and attractions that specifically market the South Kuta Beach strip and ensure the safety and enjoyment of tourists visiting the area through various environmental and security initiatives. For more information visit 

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