Mekotekan Ceremony Mengwi
Derived from the words tek.. tek.. kan.. from the sounds of stricken wooden sticks, the Mekotekan ceremony is believed to date back to the 17th century during the Mengwi kingdom. Legend has it that the Mekotekan ritual was conducted to welcome the kingdom’s soldiers back from the battlefield after fighting against soldiers from East Java’s Blambangan kingdom. On their way to the center of the Mengwi kingdom, which was Munggu village, local residents cheered them as the winners of the war. In 2016 it will be held on February 20th. The ceremony was halted in 1915 when the Dutch colonial administration banned it. But not holding the ritual took a toll on the lives of many people in the village. The outbreak of various diseases and other calamities hit the village, making people fall sick. Some even died. Leaders of the village strongly believed that the gods and their ancestors were angry that the ritual was no longer being held, and it was later resumed to dispel any negative forces that had entered the village.