What color should I wear?
What color should I wear when attending a ceremony? Sometimes, can be a tricky for a Balinese, when it comes to traditional dress for attending a ceremony, color sometimes matter. For attending temple ceremony white is the most popular color especially for men, for attending a cremation black is still a major choice, while for attending other kind of ceremony such as wedding, tooth filling, birthday, etc, for men Batik is reign supreme as for women bright color kebaya is welcomed.
The above-mentioned colors are not a dead set you can find in some area some people wears white clothes in cremation ceremony, or white clothes in wedding ceremony. Debates on what is the appropriate colors use in certain ceremony are often occur from time to time.
However, there are no certain rules in the scriptures or palm leaf manuscript that regulate the use of certain color in religious ceremony that can be used as reference for solving the problem. Moreover, it is quite impossible to take a reference from the custom in the past since in the bygone days Balinese are well known as bare-chested and bare-breasted society.
For most Balinese the best policy to solve this problem is to go with the flow or to wear the color that is wear by most of the people.