Balitraveldiary.com – The presence of new family members always gives a sense of happiness. Various events are held to welcome the baby. In Indonesia, you can find many traditions in welcoming babies. If in Bali, you will find a tradition called Nelu Bulanin. The Nelu Bulanin ceremony in Bali has an important purpose, namely as a means of baby washing.
The Nelu Bulanin ceremony is carried out by the Balinese when the baby is 3 months old or around 105 days old. Calculation of the age of three months is not based on the national calendar. The Balinese carry out monthly Nelu Ceremonies for babies by calculating the age of the child based on the traditional calendar, which each month lasts for 35 days.
Purpose of the Nelu Bulanin Ceremony in Bali
As stated, the main purpose of the Nelu Bulanin Ceremony is as a means of baby washing. The Balinese Hindu community believes that babies who are three months old experience important processes in their lives. At this age, your child will begin to feel the five senses he has. The initial moment of the active baby’s five senses, affects the level of spiritual purity or atman of the child.
Infants who have not yet undergone the Nelu Bulanin Ceremony process are considered to be in a condition of being deformed or unholy. Because it is still in a cunt status, babies who have not yet undergone the Nelu Bulanin Ceremony are not allowed to be brought to the temple. At the same time, three-month-old babies are also getting used to stepping on the ground. At the same time, parents also give a name to the baby.
The implementation of the Nelu Bulanin Ceremony also has important meaning other than as a means of purification. This ceremony is also a form of gratitude performed by parents to Ida Hyang Widhi Wasa. The hair cutting ceremony, called the ngutangin bok ceremony, can also be held when Nelu Bulanin is finished.
The procedures for carrying out the Nelu Bulanin Ceremony
The Nelu Bulanin ceremony is usually done when the baby is 105 days old. However, in some cases, you can also find a delay in the implementation of the ceremony. For example, when the baby is far outside the city and separated from its relatives. In these conditions, the ceremony can be held when the baby is 6 months old.
The location of the Nelu Bulanin Ceremony does not need to be in the temple area. Moreover, before the implementation of the Nelu Bulanin Ceremony, the baby was still in a cunt status. Therefore, the usual way to carry out the Nelu Bulanin Ceremony is at home. The process of carrying out the ceremony is led by a holy priest in Hinduism called Pinandita or Pandita.
In some cases, the implementation of the Nelu Bulanin Ceremony conducted by the Balinese people was also carried out en masse. This method of mass Nelu Bulanin has been carried out since 1965. The people of Desa Pakraman Kliki have become one of the people who are accustomed to carrying out mass Nelu Bulanin, conducted every 3 years.
In the implementation of this ceremony, Pinandita will recite various mantras that serve to purify the baby. The mantra, is a prayer of worship addressed to the gods so that the baby can grow and develop into a useful and healthy person.
This ceremony is an important part of the journey of life carried out by the Balinese Hindu community. Therefore, you will find the implementation of this ceremony on various occasions when visiting Bali.
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