Tumpek Kandang: a day to honor household animals
DENPASAR (indo.com): Household animals in Bali will receive
special honor when local Hindus celebrate Tumpek Kandang
Day, a ceremony dedicated to Sang Hyang Rare-Angon, master
of all cattle and livestock. This year's Tumpek Kandang
Day will fall on December 15. The rituals will be held
at every farm and family compound.
Kandang, which is sometimes called Tumpek Andang, falls
on the Saturday of Uye, in the 22nd week of the pawukon
cycle. The name of Tumpek Kandang is derived from two
words, "Tumpek" meaning Saturday and "Kandang",
the Balinese word for the household animals such as cows,
pigs, chickens, ducks, dogs, and birds - all of which
are highly valued by the Balinese. Tumpek Kandang is a
day to worship Sang Hyang Rare-Angon (God of animals).
Cows in Bali receive better treatment than other animals
because they assist farmers when plowing the rice field.
The cows are washed and dressed-up in clothes fit for
humans and special cone shaped spiral of coconut leaves
is placed on their horns.
The pigs are usually decorated with a white cloth wrapping
their bellies. The animals are then fed with special foods,
sprinkled with rice and holy water and prayers are offered.