Ngayah Bersama (collective voluntary work) at Preparation of Panca Wali Krama Ceremony
The grand Panca Wali Krama ceremony which will be held on 9th of April 2009 at Besakih temple attracts hundreds (thousands on the holiday or Saturday) of Balinese to “ngaturang ayah” (working voluntarily) for the success of this once-every-ten-years ceremony.
The Panca Walikrama ceremony is a grand ceremony and needs months of preparation and hundreds of workers to prepare and perform the ceremony. The need of working hours and workers for this grand ceremony is staggering in numbers and this massive constant need is fulfilled by the spirit of Balinese to “ngaturang ayah” or showing their devotion to the God by working voluntarily for the sake of the ceremony.
Many offices, banks, factories, schools, universities and other establishment organized their Hindu staffs to perform Ngayah Bersama (collective voluntarily work) for the preparation of this ceremony for one day, usually on Saturday or Sunday. They usually come to Besakih Temple in groups by chartering bus or public transportation. Their tasks in ngayah range from cleaning up the temple and the venue of ceremony to the preparation of the offerings. Aside from working voluntarily for the ceremony this Ngayah Bersama (collective voluntarily work) is also a chance for them to pay homage to their respective clan temples in Besakih temple complex.
Ngayah Bersama (collective voluntarily work) is a sign of Balinese still has time to work voluntarily (ngaturang ayah) though many of them now works in establishments that have 8-to-5 working hours.