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.
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!
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!
This ceremony again was a great opportunity to meet all our friends from the village.
Since we weren’t praying all day, there was also a lot of time for us teens to have fun together.
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 coconuts received a sort of a cone-crown and were decorated with beautifully golden ornamented fabric.
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.
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 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.
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!