Bali’s Earth Day - The Ceremony of Tumpek Uduh

Bali’s Earth Day - The Ceremony of Tumpek Uduh
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Why is it that in Bali, every day, you can encounter a throng of people in a procession or dedicated to carrying out some sort of ritual? Because, on the island of the gods, every creature that has thoughts, voice or vital energy is venerated and a sumptuous ceremony is organised in its honour. Thus, just like with people or with animals, the plant world also has its own day, during which, fruit and flowers are not gathered, nor or trees chopped down. The Tumpek Uduh is a manifestation of the Balinese Hindu philosophy of Tri Hita Karana, the three causes of well-being (harmony with God, harmony among people and harmony with nature and the environment) and is celebrated on a Saturday, every six months. It is also known as Tumpek Bubuh because the Balinese make an offering of "bubur marrow", a dish of rice flour with coconut milk porridge. For the entire day, the Balinese people are invited to reflect on the importance of nature which is to preserved and cared for in order to allow for the survival and protection of the ecosystem and the well-being of all living creatures. In fact, nature provides medicinal plants and food, vital resources for humanity and animals. If you encounter lines of Balinese citizens in a procession through the immense expanses of rice paddies, intent on making sacred offerings (yadnya), it is surely the day of Tumpek Uduh. Young people are also prompted by their parents to participate in cultivating trees and plants to guarantee the availability of natural resources for future generations, allowing for eco-sustainable development.

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