March 2012 Highlight
March will be another month of festivity in Bali with the keywords are wellness, yoga, silence and parade. There are Nyepi or Silence day, The 5th Annual Balispirit Festival, Bali International SPA & Wellness Expo and many other events on March that should not be missed.
March 9 – 11, 2012
Bali International SPA & Wellness Expo
This spa and wellness event will be held in Sanur Paradise Convention Center and serves as an eye opener for those who are interested in spa industry. Bali International Spa and Wellness Expo provide an exceptional broad view of spa & wellness services and product.s The conference topic has carefully selected to give deeper understanding of the spa, wellness, marketing and financial aspects of spa commercialization.
March 20, 2012
Melasti is a ritual in which Balinese escort the deities in colorful parades to the sea, lakes or springs but mostly to the sea with the purposes to throw away impurities, miseries and poor mundane elements and take tirtha amertha, or holy water of life in the sea, lake or springs. The parades are accompanied by Balaganjur orchestras and groups of singers, which sing traditional hymns.
March 22, 2012
Tawur Kesanga and Ngrupuk
Tawur Kesanga is a large exorcism ceremony that is held by every village in Bali at the main cross-road of the respective village, which is believed to be the meeting place of demons. The community usually makes Ogoh Ogoh (large monster effigies) that symbolizes the evil spirits that exist within our environment. Noisy processions of these effigies take place just after sunset and are held all over Bali – called Ngrupuk. Every Hindu household will also hold a small, boisterous ceremony by clanging tin pots and burning torches to eliminate the presence of evil spirits and their disturbing forces.
Mejage – jage (guarding ritual) is a unique ritual that is held once every three year by the members of Besan Village on the Ngurpuk day. This ritual is not recommended for animal lovers. The ritual starts at the village cemetery, a cow is tied to a bamboo in the cemetery then the cow is brought to Pura Dalem (Death temple) by dragging and hitting the cow with bamboo. In Pura Dalem, the cow is purified with a set of offering and mejaya-jaya ceremony then the cow is cut to create a small wound so the blood drips to the ground, then the cow is brought back to the cemetery to be slaughtered. The head and tail of the cow is reserved for material of Caru (ceremony for negative force of nature). For the head of the cow, it is placed on the bank of a river near the death temple. The head of the cow is believed to have power to ward misfortune and to cure certain illness but those who want to have it must take the head around midnight . The activity of guarding the head of the cow is where the ritual takes its name.
Mebuu-buu is held by the members of Gelogor Village on the Ngrupuk aay. The ritual starts with slaughtering a cow, the head of the cow is reserved for Caru ceremony. Around 11 PM the village members summon the Rangda (deity) and ask for holy water to be used to purify the head of the cow. Then around midnight the village members bring large amount of dried coconut leaves to the cemetery. The dried coconut leaves are placed on a stage that is prepared in the center of the cemetery. The cow head is placed inside the huge pile of dried coconut leaves then the leaves are burned, creating a huge fire. Armed with sickle, the village members rush into the fire to find the cow head. The heat and fire are not problems for them, the village members believe that the cow head can cure illness and bring fortune. The ritual ends when somebody finds the cow head.
March 23, 2012
This holiday is the Balinese New Year, the day of total silence throughout the island. No activity, no traffic at all on the roads, no entertainment, no fire may be lit for 24 hours. On Nyepi day no travelling is allowed, everyone is required to stay at home. Light is kept to a minimum or not at all, the radio or TV is turned down and, of course, no one works. The whole day is simply filled with the barking of a few dogs, the shrill of insect and is a simple and quiet day on the calendar of this otherwise hectic island.
March 24, 2012
Ngembak Geni is the day following Nyepi where Balinese Hindu’s usually visit family and friends to forgive each other for past wrongdoings. From a religious and philosophical point of view, Nyepi is meant to be a day of self introspection to decide on values such as humanity, tolerance love, patience and kindness.
March 28 – 1 April 2012
The 5th Annual Balispirit Festival
The BaliSpirit Festival is a spiritually charged event that celebrates yoga, dance and music and the synergy of global cultural collaboration through the arts. This event merges the indigenous and rich cultures of Indonesia in the spirit of learning, collaboration and the celebration of creative and spiritual diversity. Bali Spirit Festival will be held in Purnati Center of the Arts Batuan and Arma.
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