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"Otonan" The Birthday of Balinese

balinese otonan otonan baliOtonan is a ritual to commemorate the birthday of the Balinese but is commemorated every 210 days. Otonan comes from the word "Wetuan" which means meeting, meaning that the time between Sapta Wara (calculation of days according to 7 days) with Panca Wara (calculation of days according to 5 days) and Wuku (name of the week in the Balinese calendar) meet in one day.

The first Otonan for a baby is usually celebrated glamorously, where there is a haircut procession led by the holy priest as a symbol of self-cleansing for the baby to be free from Karma in his previous life. Generally the family will invite many guests starting from neighbors, relatives, and extended family. The costs spent are also quite expensive because they require a lot of offerings and consumption costs for guests. Usually the family will make suckling pig as a complement to offerings and traditional food for the guests.

The next otonan celebration was carried out in a simpler way, led by the oldest woman in the family, either grandmother or mother. With simple offerings, fruits, traditional cakes and grilled chicken as a complement. Grandmother or Mother will pray in makeshift language, which essentially expresses gratitude to God for the life that has been given. At the end of the ritual the child who is Otonan will wear a bracelet in his hand made of white yarn. Yarn is a symbol of straight way and white is a symbol of truth. The meaning of the use of white yarn bracelets is the hope of parents so that their children are always on the truth way and free from all trouble during their lives.

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