Saraswati Day, the Celebration of Knowledge
On Saturday 18th February 2006 the Balinese celebrate Saraswati Day.
Saraswati is the Balinese Goddess of knowledge, wisdom and the arts. She is one of most revered deities that Balinese Hindu’s worship and is depicted as a very beautiful woman with four arms carrying symbols related to science and the arts. Huge stone sculptures and images of the Goddess Saraswati at the front entrance of many Balinese schools and universities is evidence of the level of local respect towards education.
Most pictures were shot at Puputan Badung near Pura Jagad Natha where mass prayer of Saraswati is taking place.
“Dagang Canang” at Pura Jagadnatha near Puputan Badung – Women are selling offering, incense, drink and cracker to students that come for Saraswati prayer.
Seen mostly students and families came by riding motor cycles.
A kid with his parents is wearing traditional cloth.
Priest who leads the Saraswati prayer.
Students walked in front of Pura Jagad Natha.
Blessed by holy water at the end of prayer.
Baris dance performed before worshiping of Saraswati celebration at the school yard and witnessed by other students.