Galungan and Kuningan are complementary festivals that take place across the island twice a year, once in May and then once in December. Galungan celebrates the defeat of Adharma at the hands of Dharma and bamboo poles with coconut leaf decorations can be seen all over when you travel to Bali. The bamboo poles are intricately decorated and might contain harvest items such as fruits, rice and coconut etc. Every household gate sports these which makes for an amazing view. People visit the temples dressed in traditional clothes. The main day of Galungan is like a new year for the Balinese. Kuningan takes place ten days later and marks the end of the festival.
Bali’s rich culture and traditions come to the fore during their festivals and if you’re lucky enough to be in the island during one, you will be amazed at the visual treat. Do remember to check the SOTC website for offers and deals before you book your Bali trip.