Balinese Offering Class

Bali is one of beautiful island in Indonesia and as usually being called “The Island of Gods” It is because Bali rich with culture and tradition. So if you are holiday in Bali, it is common thing to see small palm leaf-basket box with a combination of colorful flower everywhere that Balinese belief sacred. It called Canang Sari or Banten. Each day, the women create these small, hand-woven coconut-leaf baskets. The baskets contain the flower, fruit, rice and food. The baskets can be rather simple to construct, or can involve a delicate, creative touch- there are many forms that canang can take. We used Canang Sari as daily offerings and as an expression of gratitude to Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa (GOD) in praise and prayer. Canang sari will be seen in the Balinese temples (pura), on small shrines in houses, and on the ground or as a part of a larger offering. The phrase canang sari is derived from the Balinese words sari (essence) and canang (a small palm-leaf basket as the tray). Canang itself consists of two syllables - ca (beautiful) and nang (purpose). Canang sari is offered every day to Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa (God) as a form of thanks for the peace given to the world; it is the simplest daily household offering. The philosophy behind the offering is self-sacrifice in that they take time and effort to prepare.