The full moon, or ‘Purnama’ is considered to be a very auspicious day in Bali; an ideal time for healing and guidance, for performing good deeds, and for completion. On this sacred day, the gods are honoured with offerings of food, fruit and flowers. The Balinese Hindus believe that at every full moon the gods will descend to the earth to bestow their blessings, thereby initiating temple ceremonies and self-purification rituals performed using holy water, incense smoke, petals and rice grains.
Visitors to Bali delight in opportunities to witness Balinese temple ceremonies, all of which are essential for the communal harmony of the Balinese, as well as being an important and integral element of daily life on the island. Such traditions are part of what makes Bali so unique and charming. Therefore, every month, guests at InterContinental Bali Resort are invited to witness the Balinese Hindu staff visiting and worshipping at the Resort’s two temples – the main Udiyana Sari Temple, and the small Camplung Temple beside the beach. On these mystical and joyous occasions, which are filled with prayer, gamelan music and social interaction, all of the frontline staff will be dressed in traditional Balinese costume.
For guests at InterContinental Bali Resort, witnessing these enchanting and beautiful full moon rituals provides a privileged and memorable insight into the Balinese Hindu culture. There is no charge for observing these events; guests just need to visit the Resort’s concierge desk or call extension 87083 to make arrangements for their temple visit.