CANANG SARI: THE CHARMING TRADITION IN BALI, INDONESIA
Canang Sari is a daily offering to Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa in prayer and praises by the Balinese Hindus in Indonesia.
The tradition as a selfless and dedicated service is a Thanksgiving offering to the gods for peace in the world that is renewed each day.
ETIMOLOGY OF CANANG SARI:
The phrases “Canang Sari” is derived from a Balinese word “Sari” (essence) and “Canang” (a small palm basket with colorful flowers). Canang itself is made up with two syllables from the Kawi languag: “Ca” (beautiful) and “Nang” (Purpose).
After a careful preparation of the offering, it is placed on the Temple, Family temple, Crossroads, House, Sacred Statue or other sacred places.
The offering is covered by a tray made from palm leaf as a symbol of Ardh Candr.
Canang Sari is overlaid by flowers pointing in different directions each, Symbolizing a Hindu god. The offering is completed by placing money (coin money) on the top of it which shows the essence (Sari) of the Offering.
By Peterskizito Azuoma