Purnama – Fullmoon Ceremony

Story of the purnama or Full Moon Ceremony

The worship is meant when the full moon is addressed before the Sanghyang Candra, and Sanghyang Ketu as the god of brilliance to implore the perfection and the sacred light of Ida Sanghyang Widhi Wasa in various forms of Ista Dewata. Usually on this holy day, it is mentioned that Hindus give Daksina and Canang Sari to every pelinggih and pelangkiran in every house.In general among Hindus, strongly believes in the high sense of purity on the full moon, so that day is mentioned with the word “Devasa Ayu“. Therefore, every coming of the holy days that coincide with the full moon then the implementation of the ceremony is called, “Nadi“. But in fact not every day Purnama called ayu depending also from Patemon dina in calculation wariga.

Meaning of purnama or full moon ceremony

The word Purnama comes from the word “purna” which means perfect. Full moon in Indonesian general dictionary means round or perfect moon (dated 14 and 15 kamariah). Full moon in Bali is a special day marked by ceremony or religious ritual celebration. Hundreds of temples that exist throughout the island of Bali became the center of the celebration of the full moon. Hindus in Bali believe that full moon is the right day to perform ritual activities, because that day it is believed that the Gods descend to earth and give their blessing, so the full day becomes a holy day for Hindus in Bali. On this holy day, hundreds of ritual ceremonies are held all over the island. They came to the temple in Balinese customary clothing and brought various offerings that became offerings to honor the Gods. The offerings are made of various foods, fruits and flowers are strung with a leaf. During prayer, Balinese perform rituals using holy water, incense smoke, flowers that are a series of “canang sari”.


Some ethics for those who want to enter the temple:When entering the temple

Hindus in Bali apply strict rules, especially for those who join the ceremony there. These rules, especially reserved for those who are in ‘menstruation’, bring food into the temple, physically or mentally ill, are in a state of mourning (usually for people Bali whose family died mourning up to 42 days or one month +7 days from the Balinese calendar), and for women who have given birth to the next 42 days.

  • Always wear Balinese clothes or at least a sling / shawl.
  • Do not walk in front of people when they pray.
  • Do not use the flash or point your camera at the concentrated pastor’s face
  • Do not sit higher than priests / pretenders and / or people praying.
  • Women are not allowed to enter temples during menstruation

However, Hindus in Bali allow anyone to be able to see and feel all the spiritual aspects of their people’s lives. In fact, not infrequently there is a tour that is handled by travel bureau to see the ceremony “Full Moon” (or New Moon) in temples in Bali.When you take the tour, you will be invited to be part of the local community. But you are required to wear traditional Balinese clothing, if you join in and pray with local people.


For those who want to join the ceremony has applied the use of custom clothing Bali . It is meant to preserve the Balinese culture that became the legacy of the predecessor. More over, Denpasar is currently the only area in Bali has been recorded as a permanent member of Organization World Heritage City (OWHC).


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