13 July 2016

Tumpek Landep

On Saturday, July 9, 2016, Bali celebrated Tumpek Landep – one of five separate Tumpek days that include Landep, Uduh, Uve (Kandang), Kuningan and Wayang. Each Tumpek day is celebrated once every 210 days on the Balinese calendar set aside for paying respect to different fundamental components of the physical world. Landep is a day for honoring the tools of our trades, including any kind of transportation; Uduh respects living plants and the crops that sustain us; Uve or Kandang is a day set aside for paying homage to the members of the animal kingdom, including a family's livestock and pets; Wayang offers deference to the many puppets used in portraying ancient tales; and Kuningan is an all-purpose Tumpek day to give thanks for all the components of the physical universe – especially those items possibly overlooked on the other Tumpek days. Tumpek Landep is used to figuratively sharpen the weapons of our daily lives. Tools, cars, motorcycles, bicycles, computers, kitchen equipment and other tools of trade undergo cleansings, blessings and prayers on this day.

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