Canang is everywhere in Bali.
“Why do they put them almost every where? Because our life is everywhere and god is everywhere.”
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.
Now, watch your step.
Read more about canang here:
- Canang explained by Bali Silent Retreat’s cultural advisor.
- Get the scoop from a Balinese priest in the Bali Daily by the Jakarta Post.
- The prefab canang phenomena – prefab sprout photo essay on marklchaves.com.
Feature photo taken by Wiwit Ristu. View the full canang gallery below.