What are these little baskets of flowers and incense that seem to be everywhere? We almost trip over them when walking the streets of Ubud. These baskets are called canang and the offerings (flowers, mints, candy, incense, and sometimes cigarettes) are called the sari or essence. Canang sari is a form of banten or offering that is woven deep in the fabric of Balinese culture.
Each colour in the canang is tied to a specific Balinese Hindu deity. The burning incense carries the spirit of the offering to the heavens.
I’ll go out-on-a-limb to say that if you understand canang sari, then you understand Bali. Canang sari classes are often given freely by hotels or in the villages.