Indonesia 7 December: Bali

Celebration of Saraswati Day - Day of Knowledge

Saraswati Day is a traditional Balinese holiday to celebrate the day when knowledge is given by God to humans through the goddess Saraswati.
Like many Balinese holidays, Saraswati Day is held every six months, on Saturday of the last week in the Balinese calendar system.
The day is celebrated by making offerings and praying, in temples, schools, offices and at home.

In Bali every school has temple, and on Saraswati Day teachers and students offer rituals: singing mantras, dancing traditional dances.

Peace Run was invited by some schools as special guest to participate to the Saraswati Day ceremonies representing the Culture of Peace in teh Ceremonies.

Kanyaka one of the Balinese Peace coordinators share the Peace torch with children of the Paud Prasta Kindergarten before the start of the ceremony.

Also the little boys are proud testimonials of culture of Peace.

The pure joy is the foundation of Culture of Peace.

One of the teachers, called in Balinese language guru, observing the cermony, offering the Tirta holy water to the children.

The happiest Saraswati Day!

A photo with the principal Mrs Agung Padmi and her staff

With the teachers.

We arrived at Sunari Loka Junior High School (Sekolah Menengah Pertama Sunari Loka) when the ceremony was staring. Sunari Loka is a Peace Run School Ambassador.

An important priest was invited to celebrate the ceremony.

All the teachers received blessing with the Tirta holy water.

The "Holy Priest" blessed the Peace Torch.

(on the right) Mr. I Nengah Cipta the Principla and a great Peace Run friend.

We arrived at the school SMNP 2 Kuta Selantan, one of the winners of the PMA (Peace Movie Award) 2019. We were received by the teachers and by Mr. I Made Priyana Ginada, who coordinated the team of the students videomakers.

After a meeting with the students and a peace silent meditatiion, and reflection about the meaning of the Saraswati Day and the coonection of this celebration with culture of peace we made received a joyful farewell with a traditional Balinese song.