Every Balinese temple holds an odalan once every pawukon cycle. As the otonan represents the human birthday, the odalan is the temple’s: a commemoration to mark the day of the temple’s completion and the gods’ taking up residence. Today our Bali family spends the day in reverence and gratitude for the bamboo cathedral that houses Big Tree Farms Headquarters. Find out more about out temple here~
Our Bali Sales Manager Putu Ayu Wilas says about the day, "we pray from our heart and hope and wish all the best for BTF Family and also for the society and farmers."
Irene Puspasari of our HRD team stated in company-wide e-mail: "Let’s focus our self in prayers that day during the ceremony for the abundant blessings from God for BTF, all Facilities, all Departments, all Employees & Family, all Business & CSR, and all Customers."
Hindus in Bali celebrate the birthday of their local temple every 210 days. Odalans commemorate the anniversary of a temple's consecration. Because the Balinese Pawukon calendar is 210 days long, this happens roughly every seven months according to the Gregorian calendar. Most often, odalans last about three days, though the festivities can go on for a week or more. Before an odalan, people are busy preparing food and other offerings and decorating the temple. An odalan consists of worship services, presentations of such offerings as food, money, and flowers in the temple, and special anointing. After religious services, there are huge feasts, music and dancing, and puppet plays.
With over 20,000 temples on the island alone, there’s bound to be an odalan going on at any given day except Nyepi. Odalan are opportunities for whole communities to come together in celebration. Finely dressed women take soaring heaps of offerings to the temple, where they are blessed by the priests (pemangku) to the tune of finely chiming silver bells.
Once the sacrifices are out of the way, the carnival takes over: vendors selling snacks and finery, wayang kulit and barong dancers enlivening the proceedings, and villagers socializing amidst the festivities.