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Kuningan Day
Friday, 1 Nov, 2013 – 11:20 | No Comment
Kuningan Day

Balinese Hindu’s will celebrate yet another religious day known as Kuningan on Saturday November 2, 2013. This ceremonial occasion falls exactly 10 days after the Galungan rituals and is a time to commemorate ancestral spirits …

Penampahan Galungan
Monday, 21 Oct, 2013 – 9:00 | No Comment
Penampahan Galungan

Penampahan Galungan, is a day before Galungan (a Christmas for Balinese). The word “Penampahan Galungan” derives from the word “tampah” which means “to slaughter” and “galungan” which means victory. So Penampahan Galungan is a day …

Penyajaan Galungan (Day for Meditation)
Wednesday, 16 Oct, 2013 – 14:00 | One Comment
Penyajaan Galungan (Day for Meditation)

The following Penyekeban is Penyajaan Galungan, here is previous article:
Penyajaan Galungan for Balinese is always a day full of cookies, Bali is covered with cookies. As its name suggest, the words “penyajaan” is derived from …

Why Do Hindus Have Many Gods?
Tuesday, 25 Dec, 2012 – 4:02 | No Comment
Why Do Hindus Have Many Gods?

The question above is often asked by Balinese Hindu little children and those who visit Bali for the first time and have heard about Lord Siva, Lord Wisnu, Lord Iswara, etc. This misunderstanding occurs since …

Finding Bali in the Church
Thursday, 20 Dec, 2012 – 4:00 | No Comment
Finding Bali in the Church

That day was December 25th. All Christians went to the church on that morning including the member of this family; a family who lived in the western area of Bali, Jembrana regency. I little bit …

November Highlights
Saturday, 27 Oct, 2012 – 10:42 | No Comment
November Highlights

November 2-5, 2012
The Nusa Dua Fiesta

Bali Tourism Development Corporation will hold The Nusa Dua Fiesta (NDF) within the Nusa Dua Complex on November 2-5, 2012. This four-day festival will highlight …

Pagerwesi day – Iron Fence Against the Evil
Wednesday, 20 Jun, 2012 – 6:30 | No Comment
Pagerwesi day – Iron Fence Against the Evil

On June 20, 2012, the Balinese Hindus celebrated Pagerwesi, a very special day devoted to our ancestors. During this day, we ask for protection and prosperity.

Banyupinaruh Holiday
Sunday, 17 Jun, 2012 – 6:30 | One Comment
Banyupinaruh Holiday

On Sunday, 17 June 2012, Balinese celebrate Banyupinaruh holiday. This holiday is celebrated every 210 days, every six months in Balinese Pawukon Calendar and every seven-month on Gregorian calendar. Banyupinaruh is a holiday in which …

Nyepi: A Silent Celebration
Wednesday, 21 Mar, 2012 – 7:00 | One Comment
Nyepi: A Silent Celebration

Friday, 23/03/2012, early in the morning, the island of Bali will be blanketed with silence. Nyepi, Balinese New Year is celebrated with day of silence, fasting, and meditation.  Observed from 6 a.m. until 6 a.m. …

The Birthday of Implements (Tumpek Landep)
Saturday, 7 May, 2011 – 7:20 | 2 Comments
The Birthday of Implements (Tumpek Landep)

Today Balinese celebrate Tumpek Landep ceremony. The Tumpek Landep, is a holyday dedicated to the Sanghyang Pasupati, the God of steel implements especially the weapon that has been “pasupati-ed”, or invested with magical power. On …

Pagerwesi: A Message to Stay Aware
Wednesday, 27 Apr, 2011 – 11:02 | No Comment
Pagerwesi: A Message to Stay Aware

Today, Wednesday, Balinese celebrate a special holiday, Pagerwesi. The Pagerwesi occur every 210 days on Wednesday Kliwon Sinta (the first Wednesday in Balinese Pawukon calendar). The Pagerwesi mark the beginning of Balinese Pawukon cycle with …

Saraswati:The Day for Knowledge
Saturday, 23 Apr, 2011 – 5:29 | 5 Comments
Saraswati:The Day for Knowledge

Today, Saturday, Balinese celebrates the Saraswati holyday, a sacred day for knowledge. Saraswati is the Goddess of Knowledge, symbolized by a beautiful woman with four hands, riding on a white swan, she symbolize that …

Happy Tumpek Wayang
Saturday, 2 Apr, 2011 – 6:00 | No Comment
Happy Tumpek Wayang

On April 2, 2011,   people in Bali will be celebrating Tumpek Wayang, here is interesting article from a  Maria Bodmann and video interview

Tumpek Wayang, one of my favorite Agama Hindu Bali Holydays honors, respects …

Tawur Kesanga: Payment to the Demon
Friday, 4 Mar, 2011 – 4:45 | No Comment
Tawur Kesanga: Payment to the Demon

A day prior to Nyepi, or Balinese New Year, the great Tawur Kesanga ritual is held all over Bali. The word “tawur” literally means, “pay” in a sense of a payment to the bhuta kala, …

Tumpek Kandang
Saturday, 26 Feb, 2011 – 5:47 | One Comment
Tumpek Kandang

Yet another religious occasion will be celebrated on Saturday February 26, 2011 in accordance to the Balinese calendar. This day is known as Tumpek Kandang or Tumpel Uye and offerings are made to honour animals, …

Island of Millions Shrines
Thursday, 27 Jan, 2011 – 5:06 | No Comment
Island of Millions Shrines

Bali, the Island of Thousands Temples, can boast of 50,000 temples, but that figure is far smaller then the number of shrine found in Bali. There are more than one and a half million shrines …

Siwaratri (Purgatory a la Balinese)
Monday, 3 Jan, 2011 – 5:51 | 9 Comments
Siwaratri (Purgatory a la Balinese)

Today Balinese celebrates Siwaratri, here is the interesting article on last year edition:
Tonight, on the seventh month’s  fourteenth day of waxing moon,  Balinese will celebrate the Siwaratri or the Night of Siwa. This holy day …

Compromise in Bali
Saturday, 25 Dec, 2010 – 6:50 | 2 Comments
Compromise in Bali

There is always a room to compromise or haggle on virtually anything in Bali. An example of a typical Balinese compromise is a compromise in ritual, Balinese ritual is not a dead set that …

Perang Jempana (The Battle of Deities)
Friday, 17 Dec, 2010 – 5:34 | One Comment
Perang Jempana (The Battle of Deities)

Perang Jempana (battle of deities’ effigies) Ritual is held at the Pura Panti Timbrah in Paksebali village, near Klungkung, Bali every 210 days precisely on Kuningan Holyday. This temple is a clan temple of Pasek …

Makotekan (The Exciting Purification Ceremony)
Thursday, 16 Dec, 2010 – 3:57 | No Comment
Makotekan (The Exciting Purification Ceremony)

Many sacred and unique ceremonies and activities are held to celebrate Kuningan holyday, one of them is Makotekan activity. This unique activity can only be found in Munggu village, Mengwi, Badung. Makotekan is performed in …

Through the Eyes of Researcher: Balinese Hinduism as Belief
Wednesday, 15 Dec, 2010 – 4:58 | No Comment
Through the Eyes of Researcher: Balinese Hinduism as Belief

Here is an interesting piece of writing on Balinese Hinduism as a belief taken from Scott A Johnsen’s thesis which is entitled From Royal House to Nation: The Construction of Hinduism and Balinese Ethnicity In …

Penyekeban Galungan (The Beginning of a Battle)
Sunday, 5 Dec, 2010 – 5:00 | One Comment
Penyekeban Galungan (The Beginning of a Battle)

Today, Redite Paing Dungulan, is the day of Panyekeban Galungan, According to Gregorian calendar falls on December 5, 2010. Here is previous article’s featuring that event:
Galungan, a Balinese celebration to commemorate the victory of Dharma …

Introduction to crematorium
Monday, 18 Oct, 2010 – 15:48 | One Comment
Introduction to crematorium

Cemetery in Bali

In Oxford English Dictionary, “cemetery” is defined as a burial-ground generally; now esp. a large public park or ground laid out expressly for the internment of the dead, and not being the …

The Goddess of Knowledge
Saturday, 25 Sep, 2010 – 4:49 | One Comment
The Goddess of Knowledge

A beautiful woman, having four hands, standing on a big lotus, and is accompanied by a swan and a peacock are a little bit appearances of Saraswati. Who is she? Balinese sometimes call her The …

Tumpek Wayang: A Day for Puppet
Saturday, 4 Sep, 2010 – 9:11 | No Comment
Tumpek Wayang: A Day for Puppet

Saturday, September 4, 2010, Balinese-Hindu follower will celebrate the sacred Tumpek Wayang day. The Tumpek Wayang takes its name from the name of week of its occasion. It is celebrated every 210 days, in the …

Through the Eyes of Balinese High Priest:Trihitakarana for UNFCCC
Sunday, 27 Jun, 2010 – 16:25 | No Comment
Through the Eyes of Balinese High Priest:Trihitakarana for UNFCCC

Here is another good articles on climate change by Balinese high priest Sri Bhagawan Dwija Warsa Nawa Sandi from Buleleng regency who has great concern on environment and climate change without further ado here is …

Tajen Pura Hyang Api (Cockfighting of Hyang Api Temple)
Monday, 24 May, 2010 – 9:49 | One Comment
Tajen Pura Hyang Api (Cockfighting of Hyang Api Temple)

Hyang Api temple in Kelusa village, Payangan, Gianyar is well known for its deity-protected cockfighting. Hyang Api’s cockfighting is the biggest deity-protected cockfighting event in Bali, involving thousands of gamblers, several arenas, and last for …

Blue Moon Villas
Friday, 21 May, 2010 – 5:33 | 3 Comments
Blue Moon Villas

Blue Moon Villas is located in Amed. Amed is approximately 3 hours drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport and the southern resorts of Kuta and Nusa Dua. The Amed area is a series of small …

Omed-omedan: A Unique Ritual Part 1
Thursday, 18 Mar, 2010 – 6:06 | 4 Comments
Omed-omedan: A Unique Ritual Part 1

So many people, young and old, men and women, natives and foreigners came in flocks to see a unique ritual in Banjar Kaja, Sesetan village, South Denpasar, a day after Nyepi. The old men from …

Omed-omedan: A Unique Ritual Part 2
Wednesday, 17 Mar, 2010 – 4:48 | No Comment
Omed-omedan: A Unique Ritual Part 2

Omed-omedan is held in a day after Nyepi (silence day) by people of Banjar Kaja, Sesetan village, South Denpasar. The teenagers who belong to this Banjar play the main role on this tradition. They -the …

Melasti Ritual
Saturday, 13 Mar, 2010 – 9:00 | No Comment
Melasti Ritual

Today, thousands of Balinese flock to the beaches, lakes or springs to hold the Melasti ritual. Melasti is a ritual in which Balinese escort the deities to the sea, lakes or springs but mostly to …

Melasti: Throwing Impurity and Taking Holy Water of Life
Saturday, 13 Mar, 2010 – 6:07 | 2 Comments
Melasti: Throwing Impurity and Taking Holy Water of Life

Three days before Nyepi, Balinese new year is celebrated a melasti must be performed. Melasti, according to the ancient scripture of Sundari Gama and Swamandala is “melasti ngarania ngiring prewatek dewata anganyutaken laraning jagat, …

Soma Ribek & Sabuh Mas
Tuesday, 2 Mar, 2010 – 12:27 | No Comment
Soma Ribek & Sabuh Mas

On Monday, 3/1/2010, Balinese celebrated Soma Ribek holiday. This holiday is dedicated to the food and prosperity. It symbolizes by the meaning of the word “Soma Ribek” that can be translated into “Full Monday” in …

Puri Taman Sari
Saturday, 6 Feb, 2010 – 11:30 | No Comment
Puri Taman Sari

Puri Taman Sari offers you an unforgettable wonderful experience of living inside a traditional royal Balinese house compound with authentic Balinese architecture and nuance. Puri Taman Sari is designed and built based on Balinese ancient …

Tumpek Wayang: A Day for Puppet
Saturday, 6 Feb, 2010 – 11:25 | No Comment
Tumpek Wayang: A Day for Puppet

Saturday, February 6, 2010, Balinese-Hindu follower will celebrate the sacred Tumpek Wayang day. The Tumpek Wayang takes its name from the name of week of its occasion. It is celebrated every 210 days, in the …

Family Temple on the Topmost Floor
Tuesday, 2 Feb, 2010 – 17:41 | No Comment
Family Temple on the Topmost Floor

Nowadays, more and more Balinese have their family temple on the second or third floor of their houses. This phenomenon can be traced back to early 1980s especially in the urban areas. Although there is …

Purnama: Full Moon
Friday, 29 Jan, 2010 – 10:26 | No Comment
Purnama: Full Moon

Purnama, or full moon in Bali is always a special day for ceremonies and festivities. Hundreds of temples all over the island celebrate their anniversary on a specific full moon each year. Since full moon …

Short History of Protestant in Bali
Thursday, 17 Dec, 2009 – 16:26 | One Comment
Short History of Protestant in Bali

Though Christmas has just passed but the joy is still being felt. They still have beautiful Christmas tree, and delicious foods, and obviously friends whose regions vary to share the joy with. The joy is …

An Exciting Journey to a New Life
Saturday, 21 Nov, 2009 – 12:00 | No Comment
An Exciting Journey to a New Life

Many westerners have become Balinese through the Suddhi Wadani ceremony and the Manusa Yadnya (ceremony for human) ceremony. Suddhi Wadhani ceremony can be paralleled with taking a vow ceremony. In this ceremony someone …

Which gamelan for which ceremony?
Wednesday, 18 Nov, 2009 – 4:00 | No Comment
Which gamelan for which ceremony?

There may in fact be more than forty different types of gamelan in Bali, each one serving a different function. Here’s a rough guide to explain what gamelan ensembles you may see at different ceremonies …