• March
    2018

    Melasti

    Melasti Ritual is performed 3-4 days before Nyepi. It is dedicated to Sanghyang Widhi Wasa (Balinese God). The ritual is performed in Pura Masceti (Balinese temple) also to acquire sacred water from the sea. It is a beautiful view in Melasti celebration where entire Hindu people in Bali come trooping to local temple and carry the symbol of the infinite and other Hindu religion to sea.

    Buta Yajna Ritual Ogohogoh

    Bhuta Yajna Ritual is performed in order to vanquish the negative elements and create a balance with God, Mankind, and Nature. The ritual is also meant to appease Batara Kala by Pecaruan offering. Devout Hindu Balinese villages usually make ogoh-ogoh, demonic statues made of bamboo and paper symbolizing negative elements or malevolent spirits. After the ogoh-ogoh have been paraded around the village, the Ngrupuk ritual takes place, which involves burning the ogoh-ogoh.

    Nyepi

    Nyepi is a Balinese "Day of Silence" that is commemorated every Isakawarsa (Saka new year). It is a Hindu celebration mainly celebrated in Bali, Indonesia. Nyepi, a public holiday in Indonesia, is a day of silence, fasting and meditation for the Balinese. The day following Nyepi is also celebrated as New Year's Day.

  • April
    2018

    Tumpek Uduh

    Tumpek Uduh is a holy day dedicated to the blessings of plants, especially those that produce fruits and flowers. On this day households bless their gardens, farms and plantations for successful harvests in lead up to the Galungan celebrations three weeks ahead, which largely require the items for various temple offerings.

  • May
    2018

    Penampahan Galungan

    Galungan eve sees all Balinese households busy preparing for the following day, by decorating curved bamboo poles with elements of harvests and natural items, such as rice, fruit, coconuts, and leaves. These penjor poles symbolize the blessing by Mother Nature. When complete, these ornamental bamboo poles provide a unique sight, lining every road throughout Bali. The day also features spit-roasted pigs in Banjar communal halls, and traditional food prepared for the whole village to share.

    Galungan

    The day that commemorates the legendary battle of good versus evil, or the triumph of the spread of Hinduism in Bali. Offerings and prayers take place at family shrines and village temples.

    Kuningan Day and Sakenan Temples Piodalan Anniversary

    Kuningan Day roughly takes place 10 days after the Galungan celebrations. Offerings and prayers are conducted at temples and shrines before noon. One of the island's most notable temples is Sakenan on Serangan Island, which coincidentally celebrates its piodalan temple anniversary around the day of Kuningan with a series of festivities, sacred dances and flows of pilgrims from all over during its three-day celebrations. Read more

    Location: Island-wide and Sakenan Temple, Serangan Island, South Denpasar

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  • June
    2018

    Goa Lawah Temple Piodalan Anniversary

    Goa Lawah is one of Bali’s most important temples. It features a complex built in a cave opening inhabited by hordes of bats and its name translates into English as simply ‘Bat Cave’. This temple was said to have been established in the 11th century by Mpu Kuturan, a high priest. Goa Lawah’s piodalan or grand temple anniversary takes place every 210 days on the Balinese Pawukon calendar cycle of an Anggara Kasih Medangsia Tuesday, the same temple anniversary day as Uluwatu’s. Read more

    Location: Goa Lawah, Jalan Raya Goa Lawah, Pesinggahan Village, Dawan District, Klungkung

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  • July
    2018

    Tumpek Krulut

    Tumpek Krulut is a special day dedicated to the blessing of traditional gamelan music instruments in praise of the Hindu goddess Semara Ratih, the goddess of love. Overall, the day is filled with various rituals aimed to bringing balance and harmony to life and nature as provided through music and sound.

    The 37th Annual Bali Arts Festival

    June - July
    Locally known as 'Pesta Kesenian Bali', the Bali Arts Festival, which interestingly takes place from every second Saturday of June to the second Saturday of July, is a yearly celebration of exhibitions and performances of various kinds of artworks and cultural achievements, and gathers locals and international visitors to the Niti Mandala Renon square for the opening, then to the Denpasar Arts Centre for daily performances and exhibitions.
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    The 37th Annual Bali Kites Festival 2016

    The Bali Kite Festival is slated for its 36th celebration this year, as an annual feast among the Balinese as they regard the art of kite making and piloting highly. The event is also anticipated by the international community as it provides rare opportunities to enjoy gigantic traditional kites built with contemporary designs. The festival usually takes place around the start of the windy season, somewhere between the end of June through August. The agrarian background of the Balinese largely contributes to this kite-flying tradition, when these months usually provide open fields after harvests. Read more

    Location: Padanggalak Beach, Sanur

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    Makepung Bullock Races

    Bali has a wealth of bull races. This racing tradition is a large deal in the town of Jembrana, Negara regency, even taking on the official championships designation as the Governor's Cup or 'Piala Bupati'. The festival usually kicks off with various heats around the coastal race tracks of Jembrana in the month of July, leading up to the finals and festivities occurring mid-November. The tradition traces back to the legacies of the Jembrana farmers, and during the festivities various other art forms of the locality are performed as well, such as bull fashion shows and Jegog bamboo orchestras. Read more

    Location: Jembrana, Negara, West Bali

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  • August
    2018

    Ubud Village Jazz Festival

    The second Ubud Village Jazz Festival is slated for August this year. The event once again will bring together a lineup of various Jazz artists from Indonesia and all over the globe. Among the notable artists confirmed to perform include Koko Harsoe, Joe Rosenberg, Balawan & Batuan Ethnic Fusion, and Dwiki Darmawan. The festival will take place at the Arma Museum in Ubud. Read more

    Location: Arma Museum Ubud, Jalan Raya Pengosekan, Ubud

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    Tumpek Kandang

    Tumpek Kandang is a special day filled with dedicated blessings for animals, livestock and pets. Various offerings are made to the Hindu god Rudra for successful farming and animal welfare, aimed at the harmony of the environment and which contribute to human sustenance and happiness. The day is part of a series of other Tumpek days aimed at the blessings of different subjects, namely Tumpek Uduh for plants, Tumpek Landep for metal objects and tools, Tumpek Kuningan for ancestral spirits, Tumpek Wayang for wayang shadow puppets and Tumpek Krulut for traditional gamelan music instruments – all which occur in a 210-day cycle on the Pawukon calendar.

    Indonesian Independence Day

    Date: 17 August 2014
    This marks Indonesia's 69th year of independence. The day is celebrated on August 17, when red-and-white flags adorn the street sides and flag raising ceremonies take place at government offices and a major ceremony takes place in Jakarta, attended by the state head and officials. Households and communities throughout the archipelago also post flags and decorations at front of houses. Some communities also hold sack-run races and other revelries in the spirit of nationality. Check out your hotel's food and beverage highlights for some Independence Day promos and menu specials that usually feature national culinary delights.

    Sanur Village Festival

    The Sanur Village Festival attracts large numbers of international visitors to this small coastal village east of Denpasar. The organizers put in much communal effort to make the annual event bigger by the year and feature an array of water sports activities in its week-long agenda, celebrating its coastal heritage. Read more

    Location: Sanur Village, Sanur

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  • September
    2018

    Tumpek Wayang

    Tumpek Wayang is a special day filled with blessings dedicated towards the traditional performing art form of shadow puppetry. Various offerings are made to the equipment and range of character puppets involved in the traditional theatrical art. Tumpek Wayang is one part in a series of Tumpek days for blessing different subjects. The others include Tumpek Kandang celebrated earlier in January, Tumpek Uduh for plants, Tumpek Landep for metal objects and tools, Tumpek Kuningan for ancestral spirits, and Tumpek Krulut for traditional gamelan music instruments – all which occur in a 210-day cycle on the Pawukon calendar.

  • October
    2018

    Saraswati

    Bali and the Balinese celebrate Saraswati, a day devoted to the Goddess of Knowledge, Art and Literature - Dewi Saraswati. To mark this joyous day, books of knowledge, manuscripts and the Vedas are blessed and special offerings are made together with aspirations for knowledge and wisdom. The day is the first in a series of five important religious highlights. Saraswati falls on an Umanis Watugunung Saturday in the Balinese 210-day pawukon calendar, hence its celebrations twice in a Gregorian year.

    Banyu Pinaruh

    Banyu Pinaruh is the immediate day after Saraswati, which falls on a Paing Sinta Sunday in the Balinese pawukon calendar. The morning typically sees Balinese Hindus heading to the nearest beaches either for weekend family leisure and cleansing or purification purposes.

    Soma Ribek

    Soma Ribek falls on a Pon Sinta Monday on the pawukon calendar and roughly means ‘rich Monday’. As Balinese culture is based on agrarian ways, the day signifies blessings for prosperity in the form of full harvests that fill the rice barns, symbolising affluence and sustenance.

    Sabuh Mas

    Sabuh Mas is a day of wealth dedicated to precious stones and metals. Various rituals include the cleansing of items as well as blessings. It is also an opportunity among the Balinese to express their gratitude towards the Divinity for their worldly wealth and to remind that all can and will be separated by fate. The day falls on a Wage Sinta Tuesday on the Balinese pawukon calendar.

    Perang Tipat Bantal Rice Cake Wars

    This century-old tradition features the villagers of Kapal gathering in front of the village temple where prayers and blessings take place for the full moon of the fourth month in the Balinese calendar and proceed towards the foyer and streets where they divide into two groups armed with baskets of rice cakes called tipat bantal, later flinging their ammo at each other in a very rare and unique spectacle. The event signifies blessings and prosperity for the whole agrarian village. After the battles, the remainders are spread over rice fields. Read more

    Location: Mengwi, Badung

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    Pagerwesi

    Pagerwesi is the concluding day for the ‘wealth’ series of celebrations that signifies spiritual ‘reinforcement’; its name, combining the words pager and wesi suggests ‘iron fence’ in English. Meaning that anything of high importance, or the soul and spirituality in this sense, should be protected from destructive influences. The day is the final significant highlight in the series, aiming to protect the blessed subjects of spiritual assets celebrated in the previous days.

    Tumpek Landep

    Tumpek Landep is a holy day that is dedicated to the blessings of metal items, from heirloom kris daggers to various other metal objects such as modern machinery, automobuiles and such; all towards their better use in daily life. On this day you'll see cars and motorcycles decorated with intricate stitched-leaf ornaments called 'sampian' roaming the streets in Bali.

  • November
    2018

    Tumpek Uduh

    Tumpek Uduh is a holy day dedicated to the blessings of plants, especially those that produce fruits and flowers. On this day households bless their gardens, farms and plantations for successful harvests in lead up to the Galungan celebrations three weeks ahead, which largely require the items for various temple offerings.

  • December
    2018

    Penampahan Galungan

    Galungan eve sees all Balinese households busy preparing for the following day, by decorating curved bamboo poles with elements of harvests and natural items, such as rice, fruit, coconuts, and leaves. These penjor poles symbolize the blessing by Mother Nature. When complete, these ornamental bamboo poles provide a unique sight, lining every road throughout Bali. The day also features spit-roasted pigs in Banjar communal halls, and traditional food prepared for the whole village to share.

    Galungan

    The day that commemorates the legendary battle of good versus evil, or the triumph of the spread of Hinduism in Bali. Offerings and prayers take place at family shrines and village temples. Every Balinese year calendar they celebrate two times Galungan celebration.

    Umanis Galungan

    The day after Galungan sees typically extended Balinese families visiting each other, as well as making short holiday trips with the whole family.

    Christmas

    Date: 25 December 2014
    Although a predominantly Hindu island, Bali has communities of other religions. During Christmas time, Christian Balinese gather in their masses to unique churches that blend traditional Balinese architectural features. Among the most notable Balinese Protestant and Catholic communities are located in the villages of Palasari and Blimbingsari in West Bali. There are also other notable churches and cathedrals around the Denpasar area.

    Kuningan Day and Sakenan Temples Piodalan Anniversary

    Kuningan Day roughly takes place 10 days after the Galungan celebrations. Offerings and prayers are conducted at temples and shrines before noon. One of the island's most notable temples is Sakenan on Serangan Island, which coincidentally celebrates its piodalan temple anniversary around the day of Kuningan with a series of festivities, sacred dances and flows of pilgrims from all over during its three-day celebrations. Balinese also celebrate two times Kuningan Day in a year. Read more

    Location: Island-wide and Sakenan Temple, Serangan Island, South Denpasar

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    Mekotekan Rituals

    This age-old tradition coincides with the day of Kuningan and features the whole male villagers of Munggu joining in brandishing long stiff bamboo poles onto the streets. Over a thousand jovial participants and curious onlookers flock to the village streets, reenacting the triumphant battles of the Blambangan war. Each of the pole ends are combined in mid-air forming a dynamic pyramid where to friendly opponents climb up this mountain and face-off at the peak.

    Location: Munggu Village, Mengwi district, Badung

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    New Year 2016 Countdown

    31 December 2016
    New Year's Eve in Bali is dominated by the partying scenes at various nightspots and public spaces all across the island, with fireworks in constant launches. For a more private and intimate celebration, check out your hotel's or favourite restaurant's New Year's Eve dinner programs.

    Location: Various venues, island-wide

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