Celebrating Saraswati, Goddess of Knowledge & Arts

Festival, Public Holidays, Festivities: Religious Festivals

Hari Raya Saraswati is the day devoted to Saraswati the Goddess of Knowledge and Arts. You can easily recognize her in statues and paintings as a 4 armed beautiful woman dressed in pale colored clothes holding a lontar (a palm leaf manuscript), a musical string instrument (usually a type of lute) and a mala (string of prayer beads). She will be sitting or standing on a lotus flower or sometimes sitting on a swan surrounding by lotus flowers. The swan symbolizes knowing the difference between good and evil while the water lily or lotus flower indicates holiness.

Event Details & Program

Saraswati is celebrated every 210 day on the Balinese Pawukon calendar with prayers and ceremonies at the family and village temples as well as at the office and at school. It is a day when children and teachers will wear brightly colored traditional clothes instead of the compulsory school uniforms. Saraswati day is not a public holiday, schools and offices will be open as normal but most of the mornings will be used for ceremonies and prayers.

Further Information
  • Any weather: yes
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  • Date
    19 Aug 2017


    19 Aug 2017

Price: Free

Exch. Rate: 1US$ ca. IDR 14500.00
K = 1,000
Religious Events & Festivals