The Jakarta Post
Artists carry "gebogan" (offerings) comprising fruits and flowers in the opening parade of the 40th Bali Art Festival in Denpasar, Bali, on June 23. (Antara/Nyoman Budhiana)
Thousands of participants will attend the 2018 Indonesia Pasraman Festival at the Kertalangu tourist village in Denpasar, Bali, on Dec. 8 to 9.
Ram Adi Saputra, the event committee's deputy head, told Antara news agency in Denpasar on Tuesday that the festival was the result of collaboration among hundreds of pasraman (Hindu religious educational institution), which practiced numerous methods of spiritual Hindu teachings.
“Every pasraman program will be included in the festival. This will be the first of such to incorporate hundreds of pasraman and thousands of participants,” he said, adding that the activities in the festival would include a symposium, parade, yoga, meditation, alternative healing and spiritual counseling.
I Ketut Murdana, the head of the Indonesian Pasraman Administrators Association, said the festival was initiated to strengthen the pasraman and help them develop religious teachings through all sorts of spiritual activities.
“With the festival, we hope to empower the people and achieve unity in facing the people’s challenges. We hope they will be the next generation with noble hearts and strong characters for themselves, their families and the nation,” he said. (wng)