Canang Sari


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  This month, let’s talk about canang sari. In this photo, we can a small basket made out of leaves. Inside the basket are flowers of different colors. These small baskets of flowers are actually offerings to the gods!





  The tradition of canang sari can be seen on the island of Bali in Indonesia. It comes from the Balinese Hindus, who place these handmade baskets at temples and on the streets. One basket usually has four colors of flowers: white, red, yellow, and blue/green. Each color represents a god from the Hindu religion.



  Every morning, Hindu families will clean up the last day’s baskets, before putting down new canang sari. In addition to being a gift, these baskets symbolize appreciation, and a wish for peace.