Visit from the relatives

Today all Balinese gets a 10 day visit from their relatives. Their dead realitives, that is: the ancestors. Today is Galungan Day where the deified ancestors descend on earth to visit their former homes. They are welcomed like family: pigs are slaughtered, flowers are braided, and whole forests of incense stick are being torched. The roads are lined with penjors, tall and willowy bamboo poles with offerings dangling from their tips, and chants and prayers are heard from every temple. The celebration ends on Kuningan Day, 10 days from now. It is the biggest celebration of the Balinese year, and the most beautiful.