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Soma Ribek & Sabuh Mas  

by on Tuesday, 2 March 2010No Comment | 402 views

On Monday, 3/1/2010, Balinese celebrated Soma Ribek holiday. This holiday is dedicated to the food and prosperity. It symbolizes by the meaning of the word “Soma Ribek” that can be translated into “Full Monday” in English, Soma Ribek (Full Monday) signifies the abundant of blessing and prosperity given by the God.

On this holiday, Balinese present special offerings to Dewi Sri (Goddess of prosperity), the offering is placed on the granary, or rice container. There are also several taboos that are observed by some Balinese on this day such as no rice processing activities such as pounding the rice grain in the mortar to separate its husk is allowed, the only exception is cooking the rice.  Soma Ribek is a holiday in which Balinese show their gratitude on the blessing, providence and prosperity bestowed by God.

Sabuh Mas

Three days after Saraswati Day, on Anggara (or Tuesday), Wage, Wuku Sinta, is Sabuh Mas day. “Sabuh” means belt, and “Mas” mean gold. On this day, Balinese bring offerings to the deposit box or the place where they keep their jewelry. They thank Mahadewa (manifestation of God) for cloth, money, gold, etc in our lives. This celebration remind them to be selective when spending money. The philosophy of Sabuh Mas day is the fourth most important thing for human life is cloth and gold, etc.

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