Lembongan community prepares for big religious ceremony following ‘Yellow Bridge’ collapse

A Balinese Hindu cleansing ceremony is being planned by local religious authorities in Lembongan following the collapse of the bridge earlier this week. 

The “Yellow Bridge”, connecting small islands Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan in Bali’s Klungkung regency totally collapsed on Sunday, tragically causing eight deaths and over thirty injuries

Village leader Sukadana told Tribun Bali that a gathering was held on Tuesday night amongst other community leaders, members, and families of the victims. 

During the gathering, it was decided that the Labuh Gentuh upacara, a ceremony asking for nature harmonization which involves animal sacrifice, won’t be held until 2017, timed with a special full moon, according to Sukadana. 

The ritual procession will be held at two points: Catus Pata, Lembongan Village and at the location of the bridge collapse. 

The village will be responsible for funding the ceremony, Sukadana said. 

Additional ceremonies will also apparently be held prior to the big Labuh Gentuh one. 

“Hopefully with the ceremonies, events like with what happened in Desa Lembongan will never happen again,” Sukadana added. 



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