Every day, the Balinese make offerings to the gods to appease them, to ward off bad spirits, to pay their respects and for good fortune. Balance and harmony are the key words for the Balinese Hindu's - every gesture no matter how small has an impact.
The offerings are collected into small square woven trays and placed in shrines, family temples, at crossroads or any other place sacred to an individual family.
As a result, the streets, shops, restaurants, beaches, taxi's, scooters, paths, walls, fields and trees of Bali abound in these offerings - canang sari.
The offerings can also include grains of rice, little biscuits, coins or other treats for the gods (we saw lollies, bread and even cigarettes!) The basket is topped with a burning incense stick.
The women make the canang sari for all the members of their families every single day from flowers collected near their homes as well as those purchased in local markets (above).
We observed that many of the women placing the canang sari around the resorts and shops also dipped their fingers into a bowl of liquid and sprinkled the offerings with these drops after they had been put down.
Using flowers to create beautiful sculptures and designs was also important.
We loved being surprised by bowls of water filled with floating flowers.
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