Balinese celebrate the “Tumpek Kandang” holiday. This holiday is dedicated to Sang Hyang Rare Angon, the god of all cattle and livestock. On this day Balinese show their appreciation and thankfulness to all domesticated animals that help them in everyday life.
Tumpek Kandang, also called Tumpek Andang, elevates the domesticated animals that Balinese Hindus highly honor. The include cows, pigs, chickens, ducks, dogs and birds. On this holly day, domesticated animals in Bali receive great attention. The cows are washed in nearby rivers and dressed-up like human begins, with special cone-shaped spirals of coconut leaf placed on their horns. The pigs are decorated, with their bellies wrapped with a white or yellow cloth. The domesticated animals are fed with the best food.
This ritual certainly not an animal worship ritual, The Balinese consider the animal as a friend of life and fellow brother created by God as a living creature. Human life is much assisted by animals, especially in satisfying the needs of food, the labor force, religious ceremony and economy. For the sake of preservation and prosperity of such animals, the Balinese plead for God as the Greatest Source.
Tumpek Kandang has additional meaning as a demonstration of evidence that the Balinese community is aware of animal welfare. This means there is an awareness of owing “merits” to the animal, since such creatures are the preservation and prosperity of the ecosystem. Without animals on earth, the life cycle does not work, and even is interrupted.