Boat baptism with traditional Balinese ceremony

A Balinese blessing is a spiritual ceremony that is part of a traditional custom consisting of a purification, welcoming of good spirits and a final offering while the individual performing the ceremony chants mantras in ancient Sanskrit.

Various offerings will be placed at the ceremony location where guests and relatives will be sitting or kneeling. The ceremony will begin with incense to purify and cleanse body and spirit, a regularly ritual performed in Bali. Followed by purifying various offerings including the sprinkling of blessed water. Once blessed, some of the offerings will be placed on board on strategics places and few prays will be attended while moving around the new boat.

Water represents the flow of energy, or chi, and Bali has many sacred springs and rivers including Ayung River, Bali’s longest and holiest river. During this ceremony, you are invited to receive the water over your head and body in what is referred to as a holy shower.

After the holy shower, rice is then placed on the forehead for good fortune and prosperity and prayer, the waving of hands is in memory of your ancestors and the placement of pieces of thread on the body signify strength. The ceremony will finish with eating small portions of food for a happy and prosperous future.

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