Festivals


Great Places for Photography in Bali

Bali naturally lends itself to photographers. Stunning panoramas at every turn, mountains and seascapes, the happiness of the Balinese people, colourful festivals and even the heady tourist areas all are perfect subjects for the budding or professional photographer. It makes no difference if you use a cheap compact camera or […]


Hari Raya Kuningan

Today in Bali is Kuningan. Occurring once in every 210 days in the Balinese cycle of days, Kuningan is the end of the most important of the regular religious ceremonies for the 10-day Galungan period. During this period the deified ancestors of the family descend to their former homes. They […]


Today in Bali – Galungan

Today in Bali is the ceremony of Galungan. This occurs once in every 210 days in the Balinese cycle of days. Galungan marks the beginning of the most important recurring religious ceremony that is celebrated by all Balinese at the same time. During the Galungan period the deified ancestors of […]


Experience Five Aspects of Balinese Culture

Bali is an experience. Depending on the way you look at, it will assault your senses in every aspect. It is a tantalising experience that will leave you awe-inspired and yearning for more. This of course depends on whether you look at the culture, the nature and the Balinese people […]


A Few More Festivals in Bali

Bali, being tourism generated, has a lot of festivals throughout the year just like the Bali Arts Festival I wrote about in a previous article. A majority of these festivals are excellent for families on holiday in Bali and most are a definite must-see mainly because of what they have […]


33rd Bali Arts Festival

Starting on the 11th June and going through until the 9th July, the Bali Arts Festival will prove to be bigger and better than previous years. The Bali Arts Festival opens with its traditional Grand Parade in downtown Denpasar scheduled to kick-off at 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 11, 2011. […]


Hari Waisak – Waisak Day

Today in Bali and across Indonesia is Waisak Day. This is a Bhuddist holiday to celebrate the anniversary of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Bhuddism. The day commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha. This celebration is enlivened by religious and social activities in Buddhist temples. In Indonesia, […]


World Mask Festival to be Held in Bali

In Bahasa Indonesia they are known as topeng and indeed there are quite a variety and colour as well as expression to be found in Bali. Over the decades I have collected around sixty masks from across the archipelago and, if you are a collector of cultural items then there […]


Ogoh-Ogoh Parades in Bali

Nyepi will soon be upon us (5th March) and already you will notice, if you have been walking around the backstreets, the Balinese busy making their effigies for the parade. A lot of tourists plan their holiday so that they avoid the ‘day of silence’; Nyepi. It’s understandable because it […]


Chinese New Year in Bali

Today is Chinese New Year, or Imlek, throughout Indonesia and the world. The Chinese communities in the major cities throughout Indonesia, Jakarta, Semarang, Surabaya, Bandung and Yogyakarta, will be holding street parades featuring Barong Sai and many more puppets dancing in the streets and in klentengs (Chinese temples). Not many […]