First honey harvest in Jiwa Damai

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It has to be midnight and full moon (purnama) and the bees have to be asleep before the honey can be taken out.

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The beekeeper opens the beehive without any protection. He breathes water onto the outside of the beehives which is full of sleeping bees.

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The bees disperse and some begin to fly around. He then takes two bamboo sticks to remove the honey combs slowly one after another.

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The honeycombs are then broken into small pieces and put on to a filter and steamed from below. When the honey is liquid it is being pressed out.

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