Indonesia 25 January: Sudaji, Bali
Southern Hemisphere Run begins in Sudaji, Bali
Today we took the first steps that will take us around the world - visiting every nation in the southern Hemisphere. To light the torch and send us on our way we were deeply honored to have the Vice-Governor of Bali Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati aka 'Cok Ace' light the torch. Accompanying him was Chief of the Buleleng Regency Pt Agus Suradnyana.
Local priests from Sudaji began with an early morning puja, or sacred ceremony, to invoke blessings from the God's for an auspicious journey.
Grahak from Australia began his journey on this year's global southern hemisphere Peace Run dragged along by two bullocks.
We headed up to Omunity for part two of the ceremony with Paramanda holding the torch and his sister Dektam (centre) and Omang (right) holding the banner.
Bali Vice Governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati and Chief of the Buleleng Regency Pt Agus Suradnyana hold the torch with Zanzan and his three children Paramanda, Dektam and Omang.
We introduced the Peace Run to all the local students who were going to be running with us for the day.
We presented each school with a certificate of appreciation and one of Sri Chinmoy's Jharna Kala artworks.