Mum has just started her new work at Puspadi Bali. Mums working in a business development role and helping them to raise money so that they can help more people. Paspudi Bali helps people who are disabled and this includes people who have lost limbs in accidents like riding motor bikes and getting run over and falling out of trees.
The Hindus believe that being disabled is a punishment from the Gods for something you or your family have done. So the disabled are not helped except for the help Puspadi Bali gives them. I'll talk more about mums work in another post.
Mum and I both arrived at her work wearing our new kabayas that we just had made. We all gathered around the car park and sat down on the grass. All the men sat together and all the women were sitting separately. I met two of the ladies who work with mum who were both in a wheel chair.
We all waited and watched for about 30 minutes while a Hindu priest did a religious blessing to the gods. He sprayed water on a table full of brightly coloured offerings and sang prayers. It is believed that he is one of the few people who can actually communicate with the gods. After that a lady came around and blessed every single person in the car park. When she got to me I didn't really want to be sprayed with water and have rice thrown at me but I let her do it anyway. Part of the ceremony was each of us had to drink water three times, similar to taking communion. I was worried the water wouldn't be filtered or boiled and I'd get sick. But the lady reassured me that it was holy water and that it was safe.
She also put water on our foreheads and then stuck grains of rice there. You'll often see Balinese people walking around with 3 or 4 grains of rice on their foreheads and it's another way they do a small offering to the gods.
While the table full of offerings was for the gods, the demons also had their offerings. A little fire was started on the ground for them so the Balinese could make sure the forces for good and evil were both kept happy.
Workplace blessing ceremonies are held every 6 months on the Balinese calendar, so this means every 210 days.
The ceremony finished after an hour and then everyone shared food they had brought, then we all went home.