This weekend starting 22/09/2018 marks the final and most sacred day of Tumpek, which takes place over six significant dates during every Pawukon year.
Tumpek Wayang is a special day filled with blessings dedicated towards the traditional performing art form of shadow puppetry. Various offerings are made to the equipment and range of character puppets involved in the traditional theatrical art.
Tumpek Wayang is one part in a series of Tumpek days for blessing different subjects. The others include Tumpek Kandang, Tumpek Uduh for plants, Tumpek Landep for metal objects and tools, Tumpek Kuningan for ancestral spirits, and Tumpek Krulut for traditional gamelan music instruments Tumpek Wayang unites each of these dates, while welcoming the changing of the season.
Ceremonies are conducted at temples and villages around the Island
The event is very sacred sacred, due to its association to Lord Kala, God of the Underworld and creator of light. In Balinese legend, Lord Kala was born an Ogre, due to the wrongful union between his Godly parents, Shiva and Uma. The Balinese believe that any child born on the same date carries negative energy. In order to keep Kala at bay and remain in his favour, shadow puppets, or wayang, are presented to him. The ceremony is a way of cleansing mind, body and soul and special puppet shows, known as Sapuh Leger, can be observed in numerous temples across the island, including Pura Panti Pasek Gelgel in Denpasar and Pura Majapahit in Jembrana,
This annual spiritual practice is one of the holiest in the Hindu calendar 2018