Tipat-Bantal War – How Balinese Do Thanksgiving

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Tipat Bantal War

Tipat-Bantal War is cushion closely related to the agricultural life of the community in the Kapal Village, where this tradition is carried out as a thanksgiving to God for the life He created and the abundance of crops in Kapal Village. Tradition of Aci Rah Penganggon or Tipat-Bantal War is held every Fourth Month in Bali calendar (Sasih Kapat) around September – October.

Kapal Village is one of the traditional villages in Bali that is rich in uniqueness of customs and culture. This village located about 20 Kilometers or 40 minutes from Ngurah Rai AirportKapal Village is included in the District of Mengwi Badung Regency has a variety of unique and interesting traditions that are still ongoing until now. One of them is the implementation of the tradition of Aci Rah Penganggon or better known by the local people as Tipat – Bantal War

What’s Are Tipat and Bantal ?

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Tipat Bantal

Tipat and Bantal are processed food made from rice wrapped in woven Janur or coconut leaves are still young rectangular, while the pillow is processed foods made from glutinous rice processing which is also wrapped with woven Janur but elliptical. These two things are a symbolization of the existence of masculine energy and feminism that exist in this universe, which in Hindu concept is called Purusha – Predana.

In The Ritual Of Tipat Bantal War

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Tipat Bantal War Bali

The ritual that took place at Kapal Temple was started with a prayer ceremony together by the whole Kapal Village. At the ceremony, the saints will splash the holy water to beg for the safety of the participants of this Tipat-Bantal War. Soon some men took off their shirts and shirtless. They are divided into two groups and stand face to face. After the cue began, the shirtless men began to throw the tip and the cushion into the group in front of them. The atmosphere was upset when typhus and pillows began flying in the air. Then the action of throwing Tipats and Bantals is paused. Residents began to move out of the temple and now they are preparing on the highway in front of the Kapal  Temple and stood in groups, and facing each other about 15 meters.The atmosphere came again when the rituals began again. Residents throwing Tipat and Bantal was blindly screaming and laughing.

Tipat-Bantal War becomes more exciting when the spectators standing on the sidewalks take and throw the Tipat. Quite often there is a stray Tipat toward the audience or photographer who was perpetuating the moment. Some of the residents who watched shouted and took refuge.

Tips Watching Tipat Bantal War at Kapal Village

  • Keep distance during the ceremony
  • Using Balinese Clothes
  • Don’t disturbing during the ceremony
  • Guided by local guide

Mekotek – “Refuse Misfortune Ceremony”


Mekotek is one of the cultural heritages that have existed since 1915. This tradition is done by the Munggu Village, Mengwi District , Bali in every 210 days. initially using a stick of iron, to avoid so that no one was injured, then in 1948 replaced using a stick of wood , whose skin has been peeled and become smooth with a length of 2 – 3,5 meters, while the original spear is stored in the temple. This tradition is followed by almost all Munggu residents, especially men between the ages of 12-60 years. They are grouped in several groups, each group of about 50 people, the wooden sticks they carry are pitted to form like a pyramid. This tradition accompanied by Balinese traditional music (gamelan).

History Of Mekotek

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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. Continue reading

Barong type may not be known – Let’s see

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Barong is one of character in mythology of Bali. Barong is the king of spirits and leader of the hosts of good.The main enemy of Barong is rangda. The battle between Barong and Rangda is featured in Barong dance to represent the eternal battle between good and evil.But do you know if Barong my types with different appearance ? check this out. Continue reading

Celebrating New Year Tradition

Untitled-2-prng-air.jpgVarious ways of the world community to welcome the new year 2017. Including the residents of the Village People Suwat, Gianyar Bali which has a unique way of celebrating the new year. None of its citizens allowed to leave the village. These residents are expected to gather in the village still celebrate together and rejoice. In addition to maintaining a sense of brotherhood also avoid unwanted things when choosing to celebrate each out of the village.

Since this afternoon around 16:30 pm, January 01, 2017 ranging from children, and parents of the young couple had gathered in the village bale. Dressed in traditional Balinese dress them before deliver to worship together and followed by a ceremony melukad or ruwatan. Continue reading

The Splendor of Pagerwesi Day in Bali


Rahajeng Rahina Pagerwesi.. Today every Balinese people shout that word because today is one of Hindu Feast Celebration which called Pagerwesi Day. Aside of Hindu Silent Day or Nyepi Day, Balinese people also celebrate Pagerwesi Day that held once in 210 days or once in 6 months based on Hindu calendar. Pagerwesi Day has a meaning as a feast for everybody, the purpose of Pagerwesi Day is to fence soul in order to ablutions to receive the glory and blessings from the God of Creator.

The word of Pagerwesi means fence that made from iron. That word is literally symbolize everything fenced will looked strong and sturdy. Or in other meaning, everything fenced are something that has a high value so that it can’t be ruined or get any disruption. Sanghyang Pramesti Guru who become the main purpose of Pagerwesi implementation was a God manifestation that believed as a teacher of human beings yet universe. Continue reading

Wonderful Balinese Tradition Using a Hundred of Sticks


Grebek Mekotek or oftenly well known as Mekotek is one of Balinese Tradition that only exist at Munggu Village, Mengwi district, Badung regency, Bali. The location is not too far from Tanah Lot. The implementation of Mekotek Celebration is exactly on Kuningan Day or 10 days after Galungan Day. Mekotek ceremony was originally held to welcome the royal Mengwi war fleet that have passed through Munggu area and go into the battle, Mekotek is also celebrated to welcome the troops when they gets a victory in war with Blambangan kingdom in Java Island. Back to the Dutch colonial era, this tradition was never eliminated, but then disaster occured, suddenly 11 people died among the Munggu citizens, then through tough negotiations with the colonial, the celebration can be re-celebrated until now. Continue reading