The bi-annual Balinese ten-day festivals of Galungan to Kuningan just wrapped up over the weekend… though thankfully the penjors stay aloft for another month, and the offerings continue to proliferate daily all over the island.
I went for a swim, then tried to save a dragonfly I noticed sunbathing (not quite) on a chair nearby; it was futile, he lost the wind in his wings. Then his flutter dwindled to nothing… so I returned him to nature.
The streets were quieter than usual, only a few degrees shy of what it must have looked like on Nyepi (Day of Silence)… even the dogs took the opportunity to rest and watch the world barely passing by.
The rowdy boys of Padangtegal village took full advantage of permission given to create as much noise as possible for their festival-related Barong Ngelawang processions through town. Carrying gongs, cymbals and one of them wearing a toy barong, these kids meander through streets performing and collecting money. These barong-barongan are part of a ritual tradition, and boy do they know how to have fun!
I spotted a couple of boys who suddenly turned from laughter to utter inexplicable seriousness, but allowed me to take their photo nonetheless:
And in the end.. it rained, it poured, it totally monsooned.
Still, this holiday season, so filled with color, ceremony, costume, music, prayer, ritual and treats could, I think, be best summed up in this one image – probably my favorite of the bunch: