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Tumpek Kandang

Tumpek Kandang is a prominent day of celebration for Balinese locals as this is when locals show their gratitude for domestic animals. Typically, the celebrations occur every 210 days.

Traditionally, Balinese locals used various domestic animals to help them get on with their daily activities. These animals included bulls, cows, ducks, pigs, and goats. The festival, also referred to as Tumpek Andang, is one of the ways how locals show their appreciation for these animals.

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One of the most obvious ways this day is celebrated is by giving these domestic animals love and attention. Cows in Bali receive the best treatment than the other animals because they assist farmers when ploughing the rice fields.

It is common to see cows bathing in the river and even getting dressed up by the locals! Coconut leaves are designed to create a conical cap placed on the cow’s horns, and pigs are embellished with colourful fabrics on their bellies.

In addition, 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 essential, however, to 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 and the provision of food resources.

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