Post Tagged : #BalineseCeremonies

Penampahan: The Slaughter Of The Pigs

Bali's Biggest Celebrations | Mar 03, 2017

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 squalling […]

Read More

A Balinese Wedding

Bali's Biggest Celebrations | Feb 01, 2017

Getting married, for a Balinese, means a huge life-changing event that begins with a big celebration that can take days. A wedding in Balinese tradition doesn’t only involve love between the couple, but it means making a relationship to the whole extended family as well as the institution that is built based on tradition and […]

Read More

Hari Saraswati : Bali’s Celebration of Knowledge

Bali's Biggest Celebrations | Jan 19, 2017

Hari Saraswati, or Saraswati Day, is a special day in Bali celebrating Saraswati the Goddess of Knowledge: Bali is unique with its assorted cultural manners that have been recorded in legends and preserved in its religion, Balinese Hinduism. And although the tourism boom and modernisation have set off to sneak their way into many areas […]

Read More

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

Culture | Jan 09, 2017

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. In the Gregorian calendar, this day is usually in February, but of this changes, in 2017 it was 26 […]

Read More

Ngaben: The Celebration of Death

Bali's Biggest Celebrations | Dec 22, 2016

For the Balinese, and from their spiritual perspective, death is no less essential to life, for it’s part of a continuous cycle: Birth-life-death. And just like celebrating birth and life, a ceremony will also be performed to send the dead through the transition to the next life (reincarnation). The Balinese cremation ceremony, called Ngaben or […]

Read More

Otonan: Birthday Celebrations The Balinese Way

Bali's Biggest Celebrations | Dec 16, 2016

The majority of the world celebrates a typical birthday in accordance with the Roman Calendar where a year consists 12 months and a month consists of 30 or 31 days, the Balinese Hindu have their own distinctive reference of time, which in turn changes when they celebrate a birthday. First of all, a Balinese Hindu […]

Read More

The Ogoh-Ogoh of Bali’s Ngrupuk Monster Parade

Bali's Biggest Celebrations | Dec 06, 2016

The new year is celebrated with pomp almost everywhere in the world. And being home to a unique culture, Bali has its own way to ring in the new year. Leave your trumpets and fireworks at home, for the Balinese are flooding the streets of their island with evil Ogoh-ogoh monsters in the Ngrupuk Parade. […]

Read More

Hari Raya Galungan: When Good Triumphs Over Evil

Bali's Biggest Celebrations | Dec 02, 2016

To outsiders, this palpable festivity may show resemblance to the Judaeo-Christian tradition of Christmas, where everybody rejoices the coming of the almighty saviour, Jesus. In local Hinduism, the equivalent divine figure is the god Indra who comes down to earth to rescue his human subjects from oppression on the holy day of Galungan. You know […]

Read More

Tumpek Landep: Bali Blesses its Metals

Bali's Biggest Celebrations | Jul 08, 2016

Tumpek Landep is a special day on the Balinese Hindu Calendar, it is the time when the Balinese Hindus across the island pay homage to Sanghyang Pasupati, the god of steel implements! During the morning hours, the Balinese will flock to their village temples for the Tumpek Landep ceremony, where priests await to give blessings and […]

Read More

Pagerwesi Day : Fortifying Against Evil

Culture | Jun 22, 2016

This is a special day on the Balinese Calendar; on Pagerwesi, the Balinese protect themselves from evil forces. Learn More: Pagerwesi Day has a close association with Saraswati Day. It falls four days after Saraswati, the day of knowledge and wisdom, tying in the two special holy days on the Balinese calendar. Pagerwesi commemorates the day upon which […]

Read More