If you visit Bali during the Galungan day, you will see the colorful street with many decoration on the gate of each house in Bali. The beautiful decoration is called Penjor. Galungan day is ceremony to celebrate the winning of Dharma (good power) against Adharma (evil power). Celebrated for 10 days ended by Kuningan Day. Actually penjor is an offering to God. Penjor is made from bamboo which is beautifully decorated by coconut leaves, flowers, and completed with all kinds of farming items. This offering consist of all result of the peoples farming. Used as a grateful expression for the prosperity that received by Balinese people.
Penjor has uniques philosophic value that generally happened in our community. Penjor has two main part. The curve part and the straight one. The curve part of the bamboo is beautifully decorated and the straight one is buried to the land. This is the philosophic value where normally the bad thing (represented by the curve) looks more beautiful and well recognize by people. In the meantime the good one (represented by the straight part of the bamboo) is buried to the land and less famous compared to the curve part. This is some kind of reminder to the Balinese of the challenge of being good. Sometimes being good does not make you famous and well recognized. This is like an advise that there are many challenges to be good.
There are two kinds of Penjor, the sacred one and the one that is purely used for decorations. The sacred one consist of elements that is normally used for offering. But the decoration one does not have the elements as offering to the God. In one village there will be some penjors which look much more elegant than the others. Normally this penjor is made where there is new couple who just marriage less than 6 months. This is a sign where in that house there is a new couple who just marriage.