Denpasar, Bali (ANTARA) - The Bali Cultural Office confirmed that 1,700 delegates of the 10th World Water Forum indicated their participation in the water purification ritual Segara Kerthi before the international event's opening ceremony.

The office head, I Gede Arya Sugiartha, stated on Thursday that the high number of registrants showed that Balinese traditions have drawn the interest of various people across the world.

Participants can enjoy the Balinese beauty and arts during the ceremony while participating in a traditional religious ritual, he remarked.

He said the authority has prepared raised platforms for 2,500 participants at the Kura-Kura Bali Special Economic Zone, where the ritual will take place on May 18. Each participant will also receive a traditional scarf for women or headwear for men.

"This ritual presents our offerings, with the aim of ensuring that the environment will be sustainable and the water is clean spiritually, making it usable as a source of life for humans," he explained.

The Segara Kerthi ritual will start at 08:00 a.m. Bali time (GMT +8) by presenting offerings to Baruna, the ocean god. It will be followed by Tumpek Uye, a ritual of veneration for animals.

The ceremony will be open to registered 10th WWF delegates at 3:30 p.m. local time. He stated that it will start with mantra recitation, followed by an art performance, then the main ritual, and conclude with the release of animals at the shore.

Sugiartha affirmed that all art performers and religious priests performing the ritual have prepared for Segara Kerthi. They will continue to prepare themselves while waiting for the dress rehearsal at Kura-Kura Bali Special Economic Zone on Friday (May 17).

He noted that at least 300 traditional artists, including 60 percussion players and 225 performers of various traditional dances, will be part of the ritual.

"The performers will finalize their performance soon. They know what to perform and how the order should be, and they have also practiced for several months. Today, they practiced together, and they still have two more days before the performance day," he remarked.

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