On a corner of Darwin’s Casuarina beach, Balinese people dressed in normal costumes rinse their feet and send flowers off into a sea for a Melasti clarification ceremony.
The annual catharsis protocol is achieved by Hindu people in Indonesia, especially Bali, with a aim of throwing divided bad omens from a past forward of a Nyepi holy day.
The tradition has now trafficked from Bali to Darwin, one of a Top End’s closest general neighbours.
“That’s a pleasing thing about a Balinese village in Darwin, each year in credentials for a Hindu year they … clean themselves and go to a beach, they always go to Casuarina Beach,” Andre Siregar, from Darwin’s Indonesia Consul said.
“There they do prayers and they make some offerings to a gods and they freshen themselves in a waters in Casuarina Beach.”
Mr Siregar pronounced a rite has now stretched and other members of a Indonesian community, as good as from other backgrounds, join a event.
“Once those rituals are finished it’s time for a feast where many other Indonesians join and they get to try a Balinese food that’s tenderly cooked,” he said.
“But it’s special for a Balinese village since they like to move all other Indonesians together during Casuarina Beach once or twice a year like this.”
Melasti is a predecessor for a Kuningan celebrations that Mr Siregar pronounced will be hold in Darwin subsequent month.