Today we had lunch at Kafe again, followed by a stroll up JL Hanoman, where I bought myself a beautiful Saraswati pendant. Saraswati is the goddess of education and creativity. I love this and I love the mantra.
I had arranged earlier to have a canang sari making lesson with Made on our return to the villa. Canang sari are the beautiful Balinese Hindu offerings that are placed all over in homes, temples, businesses and other auspicious places. Apart from their religious purpose, which is to pray and give praise, they are also a lovely mindfulness practice as attention to detail and great care is required.
I have a bit of an obsession with canang sari and I’m constantly photographing them, so I was very excited to learn that I could be taught how to make them.
Made began by explaining that the young coconut leaf that is used can only be cut down by certain people. It is done every afternoon as the leaves need to be fresh every day. She cut the leaves into different lengths and shapes using a small knife, and then showed me first how to make the small box that holds the offering.
She then showed me how to assemble the box, using the leaves and bamboo sticks to hold the pieces together. This is how the box turned out.
She then did some more intricate cutting and taught me how to create this gorgeous circular design.
Made then explained that at the base of each canang sari needs to be a small package containing important items that represent the Trimurti, the three Hindu Gods; Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma.
She then showed me how to decorate using marigolds, petals and green leaves. Other things can be added depending on the individual, but they can include lollies, cakes, biscuits, rice and I have even seen cigarettes inside too.
Made then taught me how to make a beautiful decoration using coconut leaves and a marigold flower.
I loved making these and I am absolutely delighted with how they turned out. I wish I had young coconut leaves readily available at home. Oh I know, I will just have to make my dream of living here come true so that I can make them whenever I want to.
I feel so blessed, peaceful and grateful for everything that my beloved Bali has shared with me this trip.