Tumpek Kandang is a prominent day of celebration for Balinese locals as this is the time when locals show their gratitude for domestic animals. Typically, the celebrations occur every 210 days.
Traditionally, Balinese locals used an array of domestic animals to help them get on with their daily activities. Some of these animals included bulls, cows, ducks, pigs as well as goats. The festival, which is also referred to as Tumpek Andang, is one of the ways in which locals show their appreciation for these animals.
Tumpek Kandang Date 2023, Animal Worship Festival in Bali
It is not uncommon to see cows bathing in the river and even getting dressed up by the locals! Coconut leaves are designed to create a conical cap that is placed on the cow’s horns and pigs are embellished with colourful fabrics on their bellies.
In addition to all these, the animals are given the best food as part of Tumpek Kandang. Locals will go out of their way to look for high-quality nutritious food for the animals. It is important, however, to take note that this is not a form of animal worship; instead, the locals see the celebrations as a way to appreciate the gods for the work done by these animals as well as the provision of food resources.