The temples of Bali are a significant part of Balinese culture and life. To visit a temple during a festive period is a magical experience for the traveller. There are temples, big and small, scattered all across the island but I have always found the mountain temples to be the […]

Five Great Mountain Temples to Visit in Bali

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 […]

Hari Raya Kuningan

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 […]

Today in Bali – Galungan

The arts play a significant role in Balinese culture. These include dance, theatre, music and painting to name a few. Balinese dances are a very ancient tradition that is a part of the religious expression among the Balinese people. It is no surprise then that a theatre was created especially […]

The Bali Theatre

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 […]

Experience Five Aspects of Balinese Culture

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, […]

Hari Waisak – Waisak Day

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 […]

World Mask Festival to be Held 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 […]

Ogoh-Ogoh Parades in Bali

Known as the Island of the Gods, Bali has over a thousand temples and each with its own purpose in Balinese religion. Most Balinese are Balinese Hindu and as such religion dominates every aspect of their lives. The temple is a very special place for the Balinese, not only it […]

When in Bali…Visit a Temple

Whenever you travel to Bali [or the rest of the archipelago of Indonesia] it is useful to know prime dates of celebrations and public holidays. There are certain dates on the calendar when everything is closed; such as Nyepi. There is always a festival of some kind happening in Bali […]

Bali & Indonesian Public Holiday Dates for 2011