Brian Cassey: Banyu Pinaruh - Bali
Every 210 days (based on the Balinese Pawukon Cycle) the Hindu population of Bali celebrate 'Banyu Pinaruh' - a day of cleansing in the waters of the Indonesian island.
Balinese flock to beaches, rivers, lakes and springs before dawn to greet the sun, bathe to purify the body and soul, say prayers and make offerings and celebrate the coming of knowledge to the world.
'Banyu Pinaruh' (Banyu means 'water', Pinaruh 'wisdom') is held the day following Saraswati Day which celebrates Sanghyang Saraswati, the manifestation of God, the goddess of knowledge, science and the arts.
This essay was made at Sanur Beach Bali.
Pics © Brian Cassey 2010