Tumpek Landep is a Balinese festival that celebrates and honors Lord Shiva Pasupati, the god of iron, steel, and weapons.
The name of the festival consists of two words – Tumpek: “Saturday”, and Landep: “sharp”. The offerings made for this festival are, uniquely, made of metals. This religious festival was originally dedicated to weapons made of steel, especially for sacred weapons, such as daggers and swords; but as the technology advances, today, the festival celebrates all metal items that are helpful in daily activities, such as motorbikes, computers, cell phones, and many others. Additionally, Tumpek Landep is also a reminder for the people to sharpen their minds and hearts to fight the evil within one’s self.
One of the signature rituals in the Tumpek Landep ceremony is the cleansing, to ensure the devotees and pure to participate in the ceremony. The cleansing ritual is also considered a way to honor different ancestral spirits, as well as paying homage to the departed.
The celebrations of Tumpek Landep are carried out at various temples throughout Bali, as well as private residences with dedicated shrines. T Families with dedicated shrines at their homes can also make offerings there.
Tumpek Landep is held once every 210 days, precisely on Saniscara Wage Wuku Landep. The next Tumpek Landep falls on December 31, 2016.
We have incorporated the festival into a couple of our special new year’s tours, take a look and join us for an unforgettable Balinese New Year experience!