Imlek Celebration in Kuta Assimilates Tionghoa-Hindu

Chinese New Year 2564 Celebration at Dharmayana Vihara, Kuta, combined the culture of Tionghoa and Balinese Hindus.

“The two cultures assimilation is tradition in our temple,” Dharmayana Vihara Chief, Luh Berata said.

The two cultures could be seen from attribute in the form of penjor or bamboo decoration with coconut leaves like on Galungan Day placed in front of the Vihara, which blended with red paper lanterns decoration and some forms of offerings for the Gods.

She said that beside penjor some Hindus attributes were also used inside the Vihara that is located at Blambangan street Kuta, such as Bali umbrellas, gebogan or fruits arranged offerings, and canang or flowers and coconut leaves arranged in such way.

In addition, holy water splashed to the people after praying and variety of offerings for the Gods also showed combination of two different cultures.

“The relation between cultures here is very good and it has been conducted since hundred years ago,” Berata added.

She explained that on the closing of Chinese New Year celebration, which is called Cap Go Meh, Hindus at Banjar Suka Duka Darma Semadi, Temacun district, Kuta also often perform Balinese traditional music or gamelan including involvement of traditional security or pecalang.

Meanwhile, Chinese New Year 2564 celebration at Kongco Bio was held from 6 AM Wita.

Hundreds of Chinese people came to the Dharmayana Vihara to worship the Gods who dwell in one of the biggest temples in Badung regency.

They prayed while ignited incense in the Dharmasala worship room, which is the main room to worship the Gods, Bhaktisala room to worship Buddha, and worship to Sanghyang Catur Muka.

“This prayer signs the beginning of Chinese New Year that is hoped to bring safety and prosperity to all people,” Berata said.

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