AsiaRooms.com - See the ritual of Metatah performed in Ubud
June 05, 2010 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel NewsAsiaRooms.com reports people staying in hotels in Ubud may well find that they are able to attend a Balinese ceremony to mark the beginning of adulthood during their stay.
Between July 1st and July 31st, many communities around the island carry out the Metatah - or tooth filling - ceremony.
This Hindu ritual is seen as "an important rite of passage" among Balinese communities, according to OKalpha.com.
During the ceremony, six teeth are "filled" because long teeth are perceived as signs of vices within Balinese communities.
Each tooth that is filled represents a different vice – greed, lust, jealousy, intoxication, anger and foolishness.
The process takes approximately ten to 15 minutes and often sees several children from one family undergoing the ritual at the same time.
Parents of the children must provide offerings at the temples as part of the ceremony.
All of the participants wear brightly coloured outfits, which are displayed during the procession that takes place as part of the ritual.
The Bali Weekly explains that Metatah symbolises the change from childhood to adulthood, with the ceremony designed to show that "someone should be wiser when stepping [out] as an adult".
Prayers by the family mark the end of the ceremony, with both parents and children asking for safety, new life and to be spared from the six evil vices.
Posted by Charlotte Springer
AsiaRooms.com is a leading online accommodation site in Asia offering deals in over 36,000 properties worldwide, including 7,000 hotels in the Asia-Pacific region ranging from individual beach huts to 5-star hotels and sprawling villas.
AsiaRooms.com offers customers a saving of up to 70 per cent off the normal room rate for a variety of independent and branded hotels. Customers can book online or by phone 24/7, whether booking 12 months or 12 minutes in advance – whatever time, whatever day.
The contemporary and inspirational online platform is styled for those seeking more interesting hotel options over the bland, obvious choices. Users can read from over 150,000 true hotel reviews, written by customers who have booked through AsiaRooms.com and actually stayed at the hotel.
To view more information about AsiaRooms.com, please visit http://www.asiarooms.com/about-us/