HomeBlogs Omed-Medan (The Kissing Tradition in Bali) A day after Nyepi, the Balinese Hindu hold a kissing ceremony called
Omed-omedan. The tradition held by the people of Banjar Kaja, in
Denpasar. Participants for this unique tourism attraction are men and
girls who have certain condition.
Omed-omedan is firstly intended
as a media for the villagers to know and meet each other. In this
tradition no one should have hate, they should respect and caring for
others. The word Omed-omedan means to pull in bared hand. The
traditional leader explained whether this ceremony is purely a cultural
heritage so that people outside Bali shouldn’t create bad interpretation
This tradition that is interesting attraction for
tourism in Bali may only be followed by teruna and teruni (man and girl)
which is still single and about 15 years old.
People in Banjar
Kaja is not dare to stop the tradition. They afraid of the bad luck that
will come to the villagers. It was once stopped, but then there are two
pigs fight in the omed-omedan area. After checked, there were not
villagers’ pigs bleeding or wounded. The other incident happened, there
was a man possessed (trance) and he warned the people not to stop the
ceremony. For them, that two events are the ’sign’.