Pagerwesi Ceremony - ZoomBali

Pagerwesi Ceremony

Bali, Indonesia

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Pagerwesi (25 January 2017) - The word is derived from two Javanese words, pager (fence) and wesi (iron), literally means the day of "iron fence".

Pagerwesi is dedicated to honour Siva, the God manifestation as Sanghyang Pramesi Guru, guardian of the universe, which is meant to ask for protection and prosperity. It has a very close relationship with Saraswati which falls four days after Saraswati Day. After people received knowledge on Saraswati Day, Pagerwesi is the day to show our respect to the teacher and the main Guru (God or Siva). Another correlation between Saraswati and Pagerwesi is that the knowledge must be protected from bad influences and misuse.

It is the day when Balinese fortify the space around themselves to ward off evil spirits, a day of offerings for the protection of the village and families and the world around them. On this day, villagers take offerings to cemeteries for the un-cremated dead. Celebrated in every home compound and temple throughout Bali, it is a popular time for large and colorful temple ceremonies, notably at Payogan Agung Temple in Ketewel.

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Event Times and Dates:

January 25 - 24, 2017