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The Oberoi, Bali Hosts Full Moon Ceremony For Resort Guests

December 15, 2016 Resort News No Comments Email Email

Nestled within fifteen acres of lush, tropical gardens, on fashionable Seminyak beach, The Oberoi, Bali offers a range of authentic Balinese experiences specially crafted to delight, thrill and reveal some of the secrets of this mystical island paradise. Their goal is to create memories their guests will cherish forever. One such experience is the Balinese Full Moon Ceremony.

Couples can join in a Balinese full moon ceremony with worshippers at their authentic Hindu temple. Dressed in Balinese sarongs, guests will receive a traditional Sanskrit blessing for health and prosperity from a Pemangku (Hindu priest), accompanied by flower offerings. The experience concludes with a romantic dinner on the moonlit shore.

Balinese pray often as an act of worship and gratitude. Our team will be on hand to guide you through the ceremony, and we have highlighted some guidelines here to help you enjoy this Balinese offering to the Gods:

  1. Your right hand is considered clean and the left unclean, so please remember to accept things with your right hand. Although the Balinese have their own traditions, they will not be offended if you make a mistake, it is more important that your energies come from your heart.
  2. You will need a canang (an offering of flowers), one lighted incense stick, and some coins, which will be provided.
  3. Firstly, place the palms of your empty hands over the smoke from your incense and rub them together. This will cleanse your hands prior to praying.
  4. Next, with empty hands, raise your hands to your third eye chakra. You can concentrate on your special reason for being at the temple and start praying.
  5. Then, take a white or red flower and hold it between your index fingers in prayer position. The prayer is for “Surya” (sun God) to give thanks for power of light and life to the planet earth, for helping plants to grow, and for giving us light and warmth. Tear the flower in half, and discard one half from your left hand to the ground (return to earth). The remaining half of the flower in your right hand can be placed behind your right ear.
  6. Now select two differently colored flowers and again place them between your fingertips in the prayer position, raise your hands to the third eye chakra in prayer. This prayer is for the God who resides in the temple you are praying at.
  7. Again mix two flowers of different colours and hold them up in prayer. This prayer is for the ultimate God, which unites all sentient beings, requesting for his blessing.
  8. Final prayer. With empty hands, thank the gods for unity, trust, harmony, interdependence, good health, family and peace.
  9. The priest will now offer you a blessing of holy water and rice. When he approaches you, open your hands, palms upright, and he will sprinkle holy water onto your head. Now offer him your hands in front of your chest, right hand over left, and he will pour some water into your cupped palm.  Drink the water. Repeat this three times.
  10. Now offer your hands again, and this time when the priest gives you the water, sprinkle it over your own head. Repeat this three times.
  11. The priest will now offer you a tray of uncooked rice, take the rice with your right hand and put it into your left palm. Take a little rice and put it on your third eye chakra, take some more and put it on your throat chakra, take some more and sprinkle it over you head. If you like, take a little and eat it (for internal cleansing). Any remaining rice can be sprinkled over the head again.
  12. Wait until all those who are praying have been given the priests blessing, then you will all raise your hands in prayer position once more and bid farewell to the temple and the gods.

The duration of the Full Moon Ceremony is 45 minutes, followed by dinner, and costs USD 250 per couple. Combine a Full Moon Celebration with a Rejuvenating Balinese Retreat, for the ultimate Oberoi experience.

For more information on the Oberoi, Bali, please visit www.oberoihotels.com/hotels-in-bali or follow them on Facebook @OberoiHotels and on Twitter @OberoiGroup.

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