Post Tagged : #BalineseCeremonies

The Ogoh-Ogoh Monsters of Bali’s Ngrupuk Parade

Bali's Biggest Celebrations | Mar 10, 2021

Bali’s Ogoh-Ogoh Parade is a stunning display of Balinese creativity and culture rolled into one. As a ‘Pre-Nyepi’ festivity, these giant demonic effigies are ceremoniously carried and displayed during the Ngrupuk Parade. Let’s start with Nyepi. Catur Brata Penyepian, otherwise known as Nyepi, marks the first day of the new Çaka Calendar year. The Çaka calendar […]

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What is Nyepi? Understanding Bali’s Day of Silence

Bali's Biggest Celebrations | Mar 10, 2021

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 exactly what is Nyepi? It is the first day of the Saka calendar year and is also Bali’s day of silence. Here, Jean Couteau explains in detail the […]

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Penampahan Galungan: Preparations and Slaughters

Bali's Biggest Celebrations | Aug 03, 2020

It starts suddenly in the middle of the night, while people are sound asleep. It sounds like the wailing of a milk-lusting baby. But the wailing soon dies out into a whine of despair and a last shriek of death. And, as the first light of dawn is rising on the horizon, other similar squealling […]

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Siwa Ratri, The Ritual Wake For The Longest Night of the Year

Culture | Jan 09, 2020

The longest night of the year is a important ritual moment in the life of the Balinese. In the local lunar-solar Saka calendar, it falls on the 14th panglong lunar day of the seventh (Kapitu) month. Fully dedicated to the cult of Siwa, this night is called the Night of Siwa, or Siwa Ratri. The […]

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Hari Raya Galungan: When Good Triumphs Over Evil

Bali's Biggest Celebrations | Jan 01, 2020

Galungan is one of the most important ceremonies on the Balinese calendar. The exact dates of this auspicious day are calculated through the 210-day Balinese calendar, where the Galungan period will last 10 days.  You’ll know when Galungan is coming a few days, or even weeks before it actually arrives as the whole island is […]

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Melaspas : Bali’s House Blessing Ceremony

Bali's Biggest Celebrations | Oct 04, 2019

It seems there is a ceremony for everything in Bali! Another ceremony you’ll find on the Island of the Gods is a house blessing ceremony, known locally as Melaspas. This involves a priest, prayers and offerings that will cleanse every corner of the house and its compound. The Melaspas ceremony is mandatory before moving into […]

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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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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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