Bali Holds Blessing Ritual To Pray For Smooth Organization Of IMF-WBG Annual Meetings 2018
Karangasem, Bali, 2 August 2018 – Welcoming the Annual Meetings of IMF-World Bank Group In October 2018, the Bali Provincial Government held the Matur Piuning Ceremony, a ritual with prayers for blessing, for the safety and smoothness of the organization of this international event.
The Matur Piuning ceremony was held in Pura Besakih and attended by Bali Governor, the Bali consultative leadership board (Muspida), Heads of Bali Government Institutions, and around 200 representatives of various elements of Balinese society. Also present on this occasion, representatives from the IMF and World Bank and the National Committee of IMF WBG Annual Meetings 2018.
Matur Piuning ceremonies are often held by Balinese people when they are undertaking important activities. In addition, Matur Piuning also serves as a symbol of the commencement of an event, as a manifestation of prayer requests to the Almighty, for the safety and smoothness of the execution of an event.
This Matur Piuning is specially organized as the manifestation of support and hope of all elements of the Balinese community, so that the Annual Meeting of IMF-WBG 2018 is given smoothness, safety and success. Pura Besakih, as the center of all activities for all temples in Bali according to Bali Hindu belief, was chosen as the venue of the ceremony.
Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika reiterated Bali's readiness to welcome all delegates and participants of the world's largest financial gathering. The Balinese also welcomed enthusiastically, and viewed the opportunity as a blessing to bring Bali's name to the world, representing Indonesia.
Speaking on behalf of the two institutions, IMF Secretary, Mr Jianhai Lin, expressed gratitude for the holding of this very special and memorable ceremony. With the participation of tens of thousands of people from 189 countries in the coming October, the world will have the opportunity to not only attend the strategic financial meetings but also witness the splendor and beauty of nature and culture of Indonesia and Bali, and meet its friendly people.
Furthermore, the IMF-WBG also believes the annual meetings in October will take place smoothly. All preparations and coordination by the national committee, including security related preparations, are believed to bring the event into a mutual success.