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Otonan  

by on Tuesday, 9 May 2006No Comment | 1,701 views

An otonan is held every 210 days following the birth of a baby and is considered a most important rite of passage. It can be likened to a birthday and is celebrated with elaborate offerings, prayer and often a feast for close friends and relatives. The fundamental purpose of an otonan is to purify and convey spiritual strength.

Every Balinese knows their otonan as it is a common belief that the date can determine character traits and even destiny. Some families continue to celebrate their otonan every 210 days well beyond childhood as a token expression of gratitude to God Almighty.

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