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Raffles Bali - Preserving Balinese Tradition, the Mewacik Ritual at Rumari Bali
October 12th 2023

Preserving Balinese Tradition, the Mewacik Ritual at Rumari Bali

Amidst the lush landscapes of Bali, a tradition rich in culture and history, known as the Mewacik ritual, unfolds. This captivating practice is not only a testament to the island’s heritage but also a reflection of the deep connection between its people and their roots. At Raffles Bali’s Rumari Restaurant, this profound tradition is honoured and integrated into the guest’s culinary journey, creating a remarkable fusion of flavours and culture.

The genesis of the Mewacik ritual harks back to Bali’s Karangasem regency, a place where history and legend intertwine. Its origins trace to a time when one of the Karangasem kings embarked on a quest to conquer neighboring kingdoms, reaching as far as Sasak in Lombok. During battles, when respite was sought for nourishment, a unique tradition named “megibung” emerged. This tradition transcends time and continues to be embraced to this day.

Megibung embodies a communal feast where a delightful array of dishes graces a large banana leaf, positioned at the heart of the gathering. Friends and family gather around, sharing the food with their hands—an act that not only nourishes the body but also strengthens bonds. As a symbol of this tradition’s essence, individuals cleanse their hands with flower-infused water, a gesture that kindles the appetite and signifies reverence for the meal ahead.

Eating with hands is a practice deeply ingrained in Indonesian culture, evoking a sense of intimacy with the food and the act of sharing. Many find a special satisfaction in savouring the flavours using their hands, eschewing cutlery for a more direct connection between palm and plate.

At Raffles Bali’s Rumari Restaurant, the Mewacik tradition comes to life, extending an invitation to partake in an immersive cultural and culinary voyage. As guests step into the restaurant’s welcoming embrace, they are not only treated to exquisite Balinese cuisine but also invited to experience the art of Mewacik.

In honour of this cherished ritual, Rumari Restaurant preserves the essence of the Mewacik tradition by incorporating the hand wash ritual into the dining experience. This inclusion is not only a nod to cultural heritage but also a celebration of the profound connection between food and community.

With a focus on authenticity and respect for local practices, Rumari Restaurant provides guests with the opportunity to cleanse their hands with flower-infused water before delving into a sumptuous feast. This symbolic act not only cleanses the hands but also purifies the dining experience, creating a harmonious blend of taste and tradition.

In a world where cultural legacies often stand at the crossroads of modernity, Rumari Bali is a sanctuary where the past and the present intertwine. The Mewacik ritual is not simply an addition to the dining encounter—it’s an homage to the vibrant tapestry of Bali’s heritage, an invitation to connect with history, and a testament to the enduring power of tradition in a contemporary world. As guests partake in this extraordinary culinary journey, they find themselves not only savoring flavours but also stepping into the footsteps of a timeless narrative, where each bite becomes a thread woven into the fabric of culture.