An impressive ceremony on the seashore

The ceremony is about to start

The ceremony is about to start

Today, there was another ceremony which was related to the mass cremation. Of course we were very happy about the invitation to join from our friends.

We're all dressed in white

We’re all dressed in white

In contrary to the cremation, today’s dress-code was of course traditional again but with one limitation: Today, everything had to be dominantly white!

My friends are playing the orchestra, the gong

My friends are playing the orchestra, the gong

It was pretty cool because our friends were the ones who played the traditional instruments, the gong. And we were allowed to sit with them. Even mom!

A cool opportunity to meet everybody from the village

A cool opportunity to meet everybody from the village

This ceremony again was a great opportunity to meet all our friends from the village.

Of course we have fun together

Of course we have fun together

Since we weren’t praying all day, there was also a lot of time for us teens to have fun together.

The families burn palm sticks with the name of their deceased relatives

The families burn palm sticks with the name of their deceased relatives

In the afternoon, the families burned palm sticks with the names of their relatives in small earthen pots. Then, they collected the ashes and put them inside small yellow ceremony-coconuts.

The coconut containing the ashes is decorated

The coconut containing the ashes is decorated

The coconuts received a sort of a cone-crown and were decorated with beautifully golden ornamented fabric.

I'm busy catching up with my friends

I’m busy catching up with my friends

After this, the coconuts and other offerings for the dead were carried in a long procession and finally brought to the sea. I was quite busy following my friends who were buzzing here and there and everywhere.

Time for a picture together

Time for a picture together

But of course there was always time for a snapshot together. The villagers just loved taking pictures with me. Here, everybody burst out laughing because I proposed that I could make a business out of it: 5.000 IDR for a photo with a bule (a white person)

Our friend Wayan looks great today!

Our friend Wayan looks great today!

Our friend Wayan carried the offerings and the ashes of her relative and she looked great!

Of course we also made a small movie for you. This way you can have an impression of the whole day.

Look at this beautiful sunset! Agung throwns like a king on Bali

Look at this beautiful sunset! Agung throwns like a king on Bali

The day with the beautiful ceremony was concluded by an amazing sunset! Look at how majestic Mount Agung, the volcano, is enthroned over the island of Bali!

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