Tumpek Kandang is a special day to honour pets, livestock and household animals. Celebrated every 210 days, various offerings will be made to thank the Gods for a successful year of farming and excellent produce. On this day, prayers are offered as cows are washed and dressed-up in clothes fit for humans. Special cone-shaped coconut leaves are also placed on their horns. Pigs are usually decorated with white cloths around their bellies. The animals are then fed with special foods and sprinkled with rice and holy water. Philosophically, the Tumpek Kandang celebration reminds us that everyone must have compassion for all living creatures. The name Tumpek Kandang is derived from two words, “Tumpek”, which means Saturday and “Kandang”, the Balinese word for household animals such as cows, pigs, chickens, ducks, dogs, and birds. On this day, the Balinese pray to Sang Hyang Rare-Angon, God of all animals.
Cows in Bali receive better treatment than other animals because they assist farmers when plowing the rice field. The cows are washed and dressed-up in clothes fit for humans and special cone shaped spiral of coconut leaves is placed on their horns.
The pigs are usually decorated with a white cloth wrapping their bellies. The animals are then fed with special foods, sprinkled with rice and holy water and prayers are offered.
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