Some of my customers asked me; how often do the Balinese people perform ritual ceremony? Easily I answered we do it every day, we have ceremony for full moon, black moon, Nyepi or Day of Silence, Galungan and Kuningan, Saraswati day, Pagerwesi, ceremony for animal called Tumpek Kandang, ceremony for technology products which are made from iron and other metals called Tumpek Landep, ceremony devoted to God as Lord of all food-plants and vegetation called Tumpek Pengatag or Tumpek Bubuh
When I was a kid my mother sang Balinese song to me before I go to sleep, the lyrics were something like this; sking tuhu manah guru mituturin cening jani, kaweruan luwir senjata, ne dadi prabotang sai, keanggen ngeruruh mertha, se enun ceninge urip. Means as follows: sincerely tell you now, knowledge is a tool that you can use it every day to earn income in your lifetime. This article will remind us how the Balinese respect knowledge by celebrating Saraswati Day.
Saraswati is God’s manifestation of knowledge and wisdom.
As we know, Bali has plenty of ceremonies such as Nyepi (day of silent) ceremony,Saraswati Ceremony,Pagerwesi Ceremony, Tumpek Landep, Tumpek Kandang Ceremony, Ngotonin Ceremony, and many more. Basically all the ceremonies in Bali are grouped into five groups call Panca Yadnya / five ritual; ceremonies dedicated to the God, ceremonies dedicated to natural elements, ceremonies dedicated to the human beings, ceremonies dedicate to the ancestors, and ceremonies dedicated to the Rsi persons who have spread the Hindu Religion.