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July Highlight
Monday, 1 Jul, 2013 – 12:36 | No Comment
July Highlight

15 June – 13 July 2013
The 35th Annual Bali Art Festival
The 35th Annual Bali Art Festival is held from June 15 to July 13 2013. This one-month festivals boast more than 340 arts performances with …

Melis
Saturday, 9 Mar, 2013 – 9:21 | No Comment
Melis

Every religion or culture all over the world has its own way to define and celebrate their New Year. The same thing also occurs in Bali, however the Balinese commence this occasion with a 24 …

Rejang Asak at Manis Kuningan Day
Friday, 31 Aug, 2012 – 8:54 | One Comment
Rejang Asak at Manis Kuningan Day

If you want to see hundreds of girls dance around the villages in their best attire then you have to visit the village of Asak in Karangasem Regency on Manis Kuningan Day. Once every …

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 …

Balinese Wedding
Wednesday, 30 Nov, 2011 – 13:04 | No Comment
Balinese Wedding

As a Balinese I often attend friends’ Balinese wedding so more or less I know what to do and to expect at a wedding party. But for foreigners who are invited to a traditional Balinese …

Balinese Baby’s Anniversary
Monday, 28 Nov, 2011 – 14:42 | No Comment
Balinese Baby’s Anniversary

When your Balinese friend gave birth to a baby, she with her husband will hold a ceremony after 42 days, 105 days, and 210 days from the day the baby was born. If you are …

Pengotan Mass Wedding : Egalite and Fraternite in a Ceremony
Tuesday, 20 Sep, 2011 – 7:31 | One Comment
Pengotan Mass Wedding : Egalite and Fraternite in a Ceremony

Religious ceremony in Bali is an integral part of daily life and culture that gives distinctive characteristic to the life of Balinese. The ceremony in Balinese life is closely associated with the word ‘grand’, and …

Royal Cremation of Anak Agung Niang Rai
Friday, 19 Aug, 2011 – 8:28 | No Comment
Royal Cremation of Anak Agung Niang Rai

An opulent sarcophagus had been ready for the royal cremation in Ubud. This royal bade consisting of 9 tiered roof in which the height indicates the social status of the deceased attracted attention from local …

Ngusaba Dalem: To Make A Better Place To Live
Tuesday, 9 Aug, 2011 – 7:48 | One Comment
Ngusaba Dalem: To Make A Better Place To Live

Some people who really care about the safety and comfort in using computer will upgrade, defrag, and clean it from viruses regularly. For Balinese, earth is just the same with a computer. For that reason, …

Ngusaba Bukakak, As If You Are Watching A Parade
Wednesday, 20 Jul, 2011 – 8:25 | Comments Off on Ngusaba Bukakak, As If You Are Watching A Parade
Ngusaba Bukakak, As If You Are Watching A Parade

Still remember Sudaji village concealing wonderful waterfall? On last Sunday, this village was so festive. Women and men, young and old were involved in a celebration and ceremony named Ngusaba Bukakak. Ngusaba is the ceremony …

Mejage-jage ritual and Mebuu-buu
Saturday, 12 Mar, 2011 – 17:50 | No Comment
Mejage-jage ritual and Mebuu-buu

The Caka New Year in Bali is not just celebrated by Silence Day (Nyepi) and Ogoh-ogoh (giant paper doll) parade, in Klungkung regency there are two villages that celebrate the Caka New Year …

Mount Agung Will Be Closed Temporarily
Saturday, 12 Mar, 2011 – 4:30 | No Comment
Mount Agung Will Be Closed Temporarily

There are so many travelers who are keen to climb up the Mount Agung to see the greatest vistas. The trip which cost hours is worth since the peak of Mount Agung will present …

Usaba Kaulu: Asak Village Karangasem
Sunday, 9 Jan, 2011 – 9:39 | 2 Comments
Usaba Kaulu: Asak Village Karangasem

Asak, Karangasem, January 7, 2011
It is definitely not for the faint hearted or animal lovers, the annually Usaba Kaulu ritual at Asak Village in Karangasem Regency is a blend of centuries-old ritual, dozens of boys …

Many Coins and Paper Money on Kuningan Day: Bongan Gede
Monday, 20 Dec, 2010 – 17:46 | No Comment
Many Coins and Paper Money on Kuningan Day: Bongan Gede

Every Kuningan Day, people of Banjar Bongan Gede, Tabanan Regency, guide their ancestors to go back to their ‘home’. They give many offerings and money as the provisions. The family throws many coins into the …

Nangluk Merana – Balance The World, Prevent The Bad Things
Sunday, 5 Dec, 2010 – 10:39 | No Comment
Nangluk Merana – Balance The World, Prevent The Bad Things

Lately, Indonesia seems so tragic. This country is suffering from the challenge of natural disasters: flood in Wasior, tsunami in Mentawai, and the latest is Merapi eruption. All people in other islands of Indonesia feel …

Another Side of The Royal Cremation
Thursday, 4 Nov, 2010 – 17:35 | No Comment
Another Side of The Royal Cremation

A royal cremation ceremony is not just a grand final send off that befitted a king but also a grand catwalk for the royal families, nobility, foreign dignitaries and royal guests. Take for example king …

Expressing Gratitude, Responsibility, and Wish in Gumang Temple
Tuesday, 17 Aug, 2010 – 12:04 | One Comment
Expressing Gratitude, Responsibility, and Wish in Gumang Temple

Every two years, exactly on full moon on Sasih Kapat (the fourth month on traditional Caka calendar), people from four villages in Karangasem, East of Bali, shoulder hundreds of giant roasted pig, walk on the …

Mengwi Bali’s Royal Cremation 2010
Sunday, 11 Jul, 2010 – 3:55 | 5 Comments
Mengwi Bali’s Royal Cremation 2010

Royal Cremation ceremony of Mengwi’ queen’s, Ida Tjokorda Istri Winten from Puri Ageng Mengwi, Friday (Juli 2nd, 2010 was attended by thousands of Mengwi residents. The royal cremation ceremony took place around 1 PM with …

The War of Fire
Saturday, 15 May, 2010 – 13:09 | No Comment
The War of Fire

Paradise Island of Bali holds much unique ritual in its cultural inventory one of them is “perang api” or “war of fire”. This ritual can be found in Jasi and Saren village in Karangasem regency …

Mapepada Agung at Ulun Danu Batur Temple
Saturday, 3 Apr, 2010 – 5:00 | One Comment
Mapepada Agung at Ulun Danu Batur Temple

The sacred Mapepada Agung Ceremony was held on March 29, 2010 at Ulun Danu Batur Temple, this sacred ceremony was held in accordance with annual temple anniversary.  Mapepada Agung ceremony was held to purify the …

Baris Dadap at Ulun Danu Batur
Thursday, 1 Apr, 2010 – 13:27 | No Comment
Baris Dadap at Ulun Danu Batur

A very poignant and slow Baris compare to the other Baris. The Baris Dadap uses a weapon called a dadap, a canoe-like shield. In north Bali, the Baris Dadap is danced in …

Rejang Renteng at Ida Bhatara Turun Kabeh
Tuesday, 30 Mar, 2010 – 7:30 | One Comment
Rejang Renteng at  Ida Bhatara Turun Kabeh

Yesterday, Monday (March 29, 2010) that coincide with with the full moon of the tenth month (Kadasa) of Caka calendar, the Grand Bhatara Turun Kabeh Ceremony (gods descend all together) was held …

Denpasar Municipality Ogoh-ogoh Competition
Saturday, 20 Mar, 2010 – 13:36 | 2 Comments
Denpasar Municipality Ogoh-ogoh Competition

Denpasar Municipality Ogoh-ogoh Competition that was held to celebrate Nyepi holiday as well as Caka New Year was over and the announcement of the winner was held yesterday 3/19/2008. Representations from 24 youth organizations that …

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 …

The Unique Ngerebeg Ceremony
Tuesday, 24 Nov, 2009 – 2:30 | 6 Comments
The Unique Ngerebeg Ceremony

Hundreds of children, mostly of 3 to 15 years of age, gathered in the inner courtyard of Duwur Bingin Temple, in Tegalalang village on Wednesday (4/22/09). They dressed in traditional clothes some of them were …

Good Death from Balinese Point of View
Thursday, 8 Oct, 2009 – 16:24 | No Comment
Good Death from Balinese Point of View

Every culture on the face of the globe has its own view on death, and sometimes it even goes further to define what kind of death that can be called a good death; the manner …

Tipat Bantal War at Kapal Village
Wednesday, 7 Oct, 2009 – 8:32 | No Comment
Tipat Bantal War at Kapal Village

Monday, October 5, 2009, the inhabitants of Kapal village held The Aci Rah Pengangon ritual, known by local people as Perang Tipat‐Bantal or The Tipat Bantal War. This ritual is preceded with collective praying by …

Holding a Royal Balinese Wedding
Monday, 21 Sep, 2009 – 16:42 | One Comment
Holding a Royal Balinese Wedding

Royal Balinese Wedding which is usually held by princes and princes of ksatrya caste of Bali is always a spectacular event. The royal Balinese wedding reflects the prestige of the royal family, so the bigger …

Kasodo Ceremony at Mount Bromo
Wednesday, 16 Sep, 2009 – 11:30 | 2 Comments
Kasodo Ceremony at Mount Bromo

Once a year, Tengger community round Bromo-Tengger National Park, holds Kasodo ceremony, this year it fell on Sunday, September 6, 2009, but the preparation of the series of the ceremony had been started on Friday, …

Nights after the Cremation Ceremony
Saturday, 30 May, 2009 – 13:45 | No Comment
Nights after the Cremation Ceremony

Cremation ceremony is a source of joy for Balinese even after the ceremony is over. For three nights after the cremation ceremony the male member of the banjar (hamlet), clan members and relatives that stay …

The Art of Making Offering
Monday, 18 May, 2009 – 18:46 | One Comment
The Art of Making Offering

Offering, for Balinese, are the most visible and important part of their religious activities. It gives a unique characteristic to Balinese’s religious practices, something that unmistakably Balinese. The offering (banten) is usually made from woven …

Who is Going to be Invited?
Thursday, 14 May, 2009 – 17:25 | No Comment
Who is Going to be Invited?

Having a wedding ceremony which is attended only by family and few friends is almost impossible for Balinese. In Balinese society, wedding ceremony is not a ceremony that can be managed solely by the …

The Peak of Bhatara Turun Kabeh Ceremony
Saturday, 11 Apr, 2009 – 14:55 | No Comment
The Peak of Bhatara Turun Kabeh Ceremony

The peak of Grand Bhatara Turun Kabeh ceremony was held on Thursday (4/9/09) at Penataran Agung temple in Besakih mother temple complex. Balinese believe that when this ceremony is held when the Gods of all …

No Stage Needed: Art Performances at Bhatara Turun Kabeh Ceremony
Friday, 10 Apr, 2009 – 16:03 | One Comment
No Stage Needed: Art Performances at Bhatara Turun Kabeh Ceremony

The Grand Bhatara Turun Kabeh ceremony at Besakih temple is highlighted with many sacred art performances, and many of them are masked dance-drama performances such as Topeng Pajegan, Topeng Sidakarya, or Topeng Panca. These dance–drama …

The Grand Bhatara Turun Kabeh Ceremony
Friday, 3 Apr, 2009 – 10:01 | 2 Comments
The Grand Bhatara Turun Kabeh Ceremony

Thursday (4/9/09) which concurs with the full moon of the tenth month (Kadasa) of Balinese Caka calendar, the Grand Bhatara Turun Kabeh Ceremony (gods descend all together) will be held in Besakih, the mother temple …

The Peak of Grand Panca Bali Krama Ceremony
Saturday, 28 Mar, 2009 – 20:31 | One Comment
The Peak of Grand Panca Bali Krama Ceremony

On Wednesday (25/3/09) the peak of grand Panca Bali Krama ceremony was conducted on Bencingah (meeting sqaure) of Besakih Temple. The ceremony was conducted on the enclosed holy venue in the middle of the bancingah …

The Sacred Mepepada Ceremony at Besakih Temple
Friday, 27 Mar, 2009 – 18:14 | One Comment
The Sacred Mepepada Ceremony at Besakih Temple

The sacred Mepepada ceremony was held on Tuesday (3/24/09) at Besakih Temple in accordance with the grand Panca Balikrama ceremony. The Mepepada ceremony was held to purify the animals and plants that were sacrificed at …

The Grand Melasti Ritual of Panca Walikrama Ceremony
Monday, 23 Mar, 2009 – 17:13 | No Comment
The Grand Melasti Ritual of Panca Walikrama Ceremony

More than ten thousands Balinese Hindu devotees joined the procession of Melasti ritual (following the deity in the purpose to drift away impurities, miseries and poor mundane elements and take tirtha amertha, or holy …

Ngayah Bersama (collective voluntary work) at Preparation of Panca Wali Krama Ceremony
Wednesday, 11 Mar, 2009 – 16:41 | No Comment
Ngayah Bersama (collective voluntary work) at Preparation of Panca Wali Krama Ceremony

The grand Panca Wali Krama ceremony which will be held on 9th of April 2009 at Besakih temple attracts hundreds (thousands on the holiday or Saturday) of Balinese to “ngaturang ayah” (working voluntarily) for the …

Months of Festivities
Friday, 27 Feb, 2009 – 15:58 | No Comment
Months of Festivities

“It is 19 days left to Galungan holiday” many Balinese will think that way for today but as a matter of fact the series of ceremonies that mark the period of Galungan festivity begin 25 …