A lot of activity here in Tulamben – the whole village is getting ready for Galungan which starts on 01 February and lasts for 10 days, finishing with Kuningan, the last day of this all important Balinese holiday.
Occurring once every 210 days, Galungan marks the beginning of the most important recurring religious ceremony that is celebrated by all Balinese. During the Galungan period the deified ancestors of the family descend to their former homes. They must be suitably entertained and welcomed, and prayers and offerings must be made for them. Those families who have ancestors that have not yet been cremated, but are still buried in the village cemetery, must make offerings at the graves.