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Bali Hindu Celebrate Penyekeban

3 days before Hari Raya Galungan or Galungan Holiday Balinese celebrate Penyekeban. They prepare bananas for future offerings. "Penyekeban" means "the day to cover up", as this is the day when green bananas are covered up in big clay pots to speed their ripening.

Why is it that bananas are preferred? Philosophically bananas are plants that are considered to have the least ego because even though they breed with buds but still give their fruit to the craving of other creatures. Philosophically, the aim of Galungan can be interpreted so that humans reduce the ego of their actions so they can get closer to Ida Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa. 

Balinese believe that during this day people should pay attention to curbing their senses and desires and refrain from doing things that are contrary to religion.

One of the main characteristics of the Galungan ceremonies period is the inner struggle between dharma and adharma, good and evil which is symbolized by the forces of Sang Kala Tiga who descend three times to earth to tempt mankind to adharma. 

The first time this happens is three days before Galungan, at Penyekeban, in the shape of Sang Bhuta Galungan; the second time takes place the following day, at Penyajaan Galungan, in the shape of Sang Bhuta Dungulan and the third and last time happens the day before Galungan, Penampahan Galungan, as Sang Bhuta Amangkurat.

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