Gulungan is a bi-annual ceremony (held every 6 months) that is probably the most important in the Balinese calendar. The Galungan Ceremony represents the victory of dharma over adharma, or simply put, good over evil. It celebrates the the two weeks every year when all the good spirits come down to Bali. Every 210 days the whole island of Bali sprouts flimsy bamboo poles, known as “penjor,” an unmistakable sign that Galungan fever is just about to kick in. The house compounds that make up the nucleus of Balinese society come alive with devotions offered by the families living within. Families offer bountiful sacrifices of food and flowers to the ancestral spirits, expressing gratitude and hopes for protection. These sacrifices are also offered at local temples, which are packed with devotees bringing their offerings. The whole island sprouts tall bamboo poles called “penjor” – these are usually decorated with fruit, coconut leaves, and flowers, and set up on the right of every residence entrance. At each gate, you’ll also find small bamboo altars set up especially for the holiday, each one bearing woven palm-leaf offerings for the spirits. Balinese mythology is colorful to say the least and the story behind Galungan takes it to a whole new level. Briefly, it involves a shape-shifting evil giant, rivers of blood and a year-long battle royal between the Gods. During Galungan the Godly spirits return to earth and expect to be welcomed and entertained with important Balinese rituals and extravagant feasts.