Hari Raya Kuningan is a Balinese Hindu holy day which is held ten days after Galungan, celebrating the victory of dharma (good) over adharma. It is believed that on Galungan day, the gods and deified ancestors descend to the world to give their blessings and that they return to their world on Kuningan at noon. Therefore the prayers on Kuningan are held before 12 pm.
Offerings on Kuningan differ slightly from village to village, following local customs. But generally on Kuningan, the offerings include special figures of young coconut leaves: shield-like tamiang symbols of protection and endongan, symbolizing the rotation of the wheel of nature.
They also include nasi kuning, or yellow rice, as a symbol of prosperity. This, along with fruits, flowers, and other offering ingredients, are dedicated to God as a sign of our gratitude as human beings for all our blessings.
Through the celebration of Kuningan, we are reminded of the importance of unity and social solidarity, as well as taking care of the environment, in working for harmony of the universe and its contents.