All across Bali, you will see white and yellow colours – in flower decorations, in clothes people wear, adornments like wearing rice grains and turmeric on forehead, offerings to deities and just about everywhere.
The two colours are considered auspicious. It is not hard to see why.
As an agrarian society, rice is the basic staple. Yellow is the colour of sun, a key contributor to a good harvest.
Yellow is also the colour of turmeric which many Balinese use to cook their rice with to produce “golden ketan” glutinous rice. Incidentally, the word “ketan” means golden in Hindu mythology.
In hotels and in temples, I saw marigold and frangipanni flowers decorated in bowls. The colour white is for purity and gold for abundance.
Man is white, god is gold.
It is funny how colours can mean so much and once they become a part of a culture, they become a part of life. You can’t separate the two.
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