Post Tagged : #BalineseCeremonies

Rules of Balinese Temples : The Do’s and Dont’s

NOW! Bali Blog | Jul 12, 2018

Bali’s temples and holy sites are without a doubt one of the biggest pulls to the island. However, it must be remembered that these are still places of worship. So, whilst by all means you should go and appreciate the beautiful places around the island we thought we’d share the rules of Balinese temples, a […]

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2018 Calendar of Balinese Hindu Holidays

Festive Season | Jul 12, 2018

The Balinese culture and beliefs date back to at least 5th century BC. Today, the culture and religion are still inseparable from the everyday life of the Balinese people. From simple daily rituals to grand festivals and ceremonies, no opportunity is lost to worship their gods in an unending series of observances that in a […]

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Getting Around Bali: Rules, Tricks and Tips

Explore Bali | Apr 13, 2018

Being a relatively small island, it’s easy to get around Bali. But before you hit the road and ex-plore the countryside, we thought we’d share a few basic dos and don’ts that we think will help you to better understand the Island of the Gods and how things roll here. 1. Menstruating women, and women […]

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Niskala Bali: Creating Environmentally-Friendly Ceremonies

Our Bali Heroes | Mar 13, 2018

Niskala Bali, an organisation on the island, is taking charge in the fight against post-ceremony waste in Bali.  Offerings can be seen everywhere in Bali. Tiny coconut leaf baskets (canang sari) of rice, fruits and flowers are presented in front of every house, office, in the temples and shrines, and even on the dashboards of cars. […]

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Tumpek Wayang: The Lord of Puppets Celebrated

Bali's Biggest Celebrations | Jul 13, 2017

The Lord of Puppeteers, Sanghyang Iswara, is honoured when the Balinese Hindus celebrate Tumpek Wayang Day. On this day, puppeteers (Dalang) throughout the island will present offerings to their shadow puppets (wayang kulit) with the intention of honouring the Lord Iswara. The puppets are taken out from their cases to be blessed by their owners and […]

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Ngerebeg and the Painted Boys of Tegallalang

Culture | May 06, 2017

Are they getting ready for a major music festival? Are they Vogue models? Is it Halloween? No they are Balinese boys engaged in a traditional ceremony. In Tegallalang and several other districts around Gianyar, the boys paint themselves up a storm before parading down the streets in a ceremony known as Ngerebeg . Before they […]

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Hari Raya Kuningan: The Spirits Return to Heaven

Bali's Biggest Celebrations | Apr 10, 2017

10 Days after the Galungan ceremonies in Bali, Hari Raya Kuningan takes place. It marks the end of the full Galungan festival. In the Balinese calendar, Kuningan is in fact the third ‘tumpek’ ceremony of the Balinese year, which takes place on the Saturday of the 12th week of the Pakuwon cycle; it should in fact […]

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Explaining Nyepi Day of Silence and the Çaka Calendar

Bali's Biggest Celebrations | Mar 28, 2017

How do Westerners open the New Year? With revelry. How do the Balinese open their own New Year. With a full day of silence, called Nyepi. But what is Nyepi exactly? Find Bali’s Nyepi Hotel Packages here.  Bali is indeed a “different” place, with different rules, people and beliefs and we ĺare fortunate to have […]

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Melasti: Island-Wide Purification

Culture | Mar 23, 2017

One of the precursors to Nyepi is the melasti ceremony, also known as ‘melis’. Whilst just as visually extravagant as a piodalan temple ceremony, melasti is of incredible importance to the annual (and sometimes more) rites of the Balinese Hindu. During this ceremony, lines and lines of local Hindus will journey to the sea or […]

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Ngurek : A Suicidal Performance

The Dances of Bali | Mar 07, 2017

Those who have watched the Barong and Rangda Dance, Bali’s dance performances, should have seen a group of men attempting to stab their chests with a sharp dagger. This segment ends with a priest who comes on stage, takes the dagger away before sprinkling the man with holy water that was offered to the Gods […]

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