Festival & Ceremony in Bali

Saraswati : 21 January & 19 August 2017
This day is devoted to Dewi Saraswati, the Goddess of Science & Knowledge. Books of knowledge, manuscripts and the Wedas are blessed and special offerings are made for them. On Saraswati Day, the Balinese make offerings to their books. Students celebrate at school, usually in the morning. The Saraswati Day is not a day off work, so all offices are open.

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Banyu Pinaruh : 22 January & 20 August 2017
The day after Saraswati is called Banyu Pinaruh. 'Banyu' means water and 'Pinaruh' means wisdom. Taken together, the words mean that man must have wisdom which always flows like water, and is useful for mankind. Early in the morning of Banyu Pinaruh Day, people will go the beaches, rivers and springs to purify themselves and pray for wisdom.

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Pagerwesi: 25 January & 23 August 2017
Pagerwesi commemorates the day upon which an ancient battle between good and evil was fought. The word 'Pagerwesi' means 'iron fence', and reflects the purpose of this important event: it is the day to strengthen one's fortifications against evil. The correlation between Pagerwesi and the Saraswati is that knowledge is so powerful that it must be protected from bad influences. Pagerwesi Day reminds people to be wise and more aware of the function and power of knowledge. During Pagerwesi, people make special offerings for the dead who have not yet been cremated. Observances are usually held at every house compound, and at temples.

Tumpek Landep: 04 February 2017
Tumpek Landep is a holy day that is dedicated to the blessings of metal items, from heirloom kris daggers to various other metal objects such as modern machinery, automobiles and such; all towards their better use in daily life. On this day you'll see cars and motorcycles decorated with intricate stitched-leaf ornaments called 'sampian' roaming the streets in Bali.

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Bali Spirit Festival 2017 : 19 March - 26 March 2017. Ubud Area, Bali
Through the beneficial and inspirational traditions of yoga, dance, music and healing, The BaliSpirit Festival illustrates the Balinese Hindu concept of Tri Hita Karana: living in harmony with our spiritual, social, and natural environments.

Embodying the spirit of Bali, the five-day, seven-night BaliSpirit Festival offers you a concentrated schedule of events to choose from. Running from 8am till 11pm, events include interactive workshops & seminars, a lively community market & healing center, a children’s activity zone and live performances in the daytime coupled with a vibrant night time program of live Bhakti and world music concerts, both in majestic Bali settings.

This amazing annual event features the world’s top teachers and musicians, presenting to a tuned-in, turned-on audience of empowered shape shifters from across the globe.

To join the Bali Spirit Festival 2017 events, there are numerous passes available, including a VIP full festival pass at USD 795 that enables you to enjoy all the five-day festival has to offer. There are also single day passes at USD 156, and if you’re only into the world music and lively concerts, you can go for their three-night and single-day passes to the One World Stage, available at USD 85 and 28 respectively. To get you to venues throughout the five-day festival, make good use of a special shuttle service that take off from different areas within central Ubud, from 07:00 through midnight. These shuttle points include the Ubud Monkey Forest in Padangtegal, Ubud’s soccer field further up on Jalan Dewi Sita, Bali Spirit’s KAFE on Jalan Hanoman, and the ARMA Café located in the Pengosekan area, minutes east from the main Ubud hub.

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Piodalan Ceremony Ulun Danu Beratan Temple: 21 March 2017.
Beratan lakeside, Candikuning, Bedugul, Tabanan - Bali

Ulun Danu Beratan, literally ‘the source temple of Lake Beratan’, is easily the island’s most iconic sanctuary sharing the scenic qualities with the seaside temples of Uluwatu and Tanah Lot. The smooth reflective surface of the lake surrounding most of the temple’s base creates a unique floating impression, while the mountain range of the Bedugul region encircling the lake provides the temple with a scenic backdrop.

Piodalan ceremony for Ulun Danu Beratan temple is celebrated at 21st March 2017, Piodalan also known as Odalan is an anniversary. Temple is a sacred place for Balinese Hindus, each temple has its own anniversary days, it can be celebrated every 6 months or annually. Interesting to witness, Balinese with their traditional clothes gathering and praying, playing traditional music.

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Melasti Pilgrimages : 25 March 2017. Coasts of Beach in Bali
Before ‘the silence’, highlight rituals essentially start three days prior to Nyepi, with colourful processions known as the Melasti pilgrimages. Pilgrims from various village temples all over Bali convey heirlooms on long walks towards the coastlines where elaborate purification ceremonies take place. It is one of the best times to capture on camera the iconic Balinese processions in motion, as parasols, banners and small effigies offer a cultural spectacle.

The Melasti processions take place approximately three days prior to the Saka New Year, when pilgrims take heirlooms in long walks from temples towards the coastlines where purification rites take place. Parasols, banners and small effigies paraded along the horizon make for a stunning and only-in-Bali scene.

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Pengrupukan : 27 March 2017
On Saka New Year’s Eve, it is all blaring noise and merriment. Every Balinese household starts the evening with blessings at the family temple and continues with a ritual called the pengrupukan where each member participates in ‘chasing away’ malevolent forces, known as bhuta kala, from their compounds – hitting pots and pans or any other loud instruments along with a fiery bamboo torch. These ‘spirits’ are later manifested as the ogoh-ogoh to be paraded in the streets. As the street parades ensue, bamboo cannons and occasional firecrackers fill the air with flames and smoke. The Nyepi Eve parade usually starts at around 19:00 local time.

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Nyepi Day : 28 March 2017
Nyepi Day in Bali is a New Year celebration unlike anywhere else on the planet. Bali’s celebrates the Saka New Year as the Bali Day of Silence, an ultimately quietest day of the year, when all of the island's inhabitants abide by a set of local rules, which brings all routine activities to a complete halt. Roads all over Bali are void of any traffic and nobody steps outside of their home premises.

Omed-Omedan : 29 March 2017. Sesetan Area, Denpasar - Bali
Omed Omedan is one of Bali’s most exciting events where thousands of unmarried youth come together for a mass kissing festival. For about 100 years, unmarried men and women aged between 17 to 30 have participated in this unique tradition which is held is held the day after the spiritual holiday of Nyepi. In addition to the mass kissing, the festivities are accompanied by the pouring of water on the participants as a symbolic act of blessing.

Omed Omedan typically starts by separating the youths into two groups: men and women. The two groups stand opposite each other. When the designated elder marks the start of the festival, the two groups will reach out to embrace and kiss each other. For foreigners, this might seem a little awkward, but the locals will gleefully cheer on the participants whilst pouring water over them.

Visitors are welcome to watch this fun festival, but it is not appropriate that foreigners take part.

Galungan Ceremony : 05 April 2017 & 01 November 2017
One of Bali's major festivals celebrates the return of Balinese gods and ancestors to Bali. For ten days, Balinese families will entertain and welcome with prayers and offerings, along with ceremonies to cleanse and balance the inner and outer energy of the island. The origin of Galungan is a mystery, but essentially it is believed to be the beginning of the week in which the gods and ancestors descend to earth, and good triumphs over evil. The holiday is celebrated by the fitting of 'penjor', tall bamboo poles beautifully decorated with woven coconut palm leaves, fruit, cakes and flowers, on the right side of every house entrance.

Kuningan Ceremony : 15 April & 11 November 2017
This festival is held ten days after the Galungan Festival, signifying the closing of the New Year holiday. On this day special offerings made of yellow rice and special dishes are offered; every family compound and temple looks amazing with ornaments. This is believed to be the ascendance day - when ancestral holy spirits and deities return to heaven.

Ubud Food Festival : 12 - 14 May 2017
In 2017, the Ubud Food Festival will return for its third year from 12-14 May. Alongside Indonesian chefs, restaurateurs, producers and food professionals, celebrated culinary icons from around the world will dish up a program rich in fresh tastes and fresh ideas.

This year, the Ubud Food Festival will be infused with the theme ‘Every flavor is a story’. The theme celebrates Indonesia’s culinary heritage, in which every ingredient, recipe and culinary tradition tells a story of the archipelago’s history, geography and diverse cultures.

Across the Festival’s three-day program, members of the culinary industry and food lovers alike will unpack flavors, traditions and regional influences to deepen their understanding of not just what food tells us – but of the stories we tell through food.

There are different ticket prices for each event throughout the festival. For example, the special opening night party is at IDR 500,000 (USD 37.65) and includes cocktails, canapes, the whole live entertainment and the chance to meet up with the chefs and restaurateurs in person. Special events, workshops and tours start from IDR 250,000 (USD 18). Tickets are available at the festival’s box office at Taman Kuliner on Ubud’s Jalan Raya Sanggingan, or directly at the special event venues throughout Ubud. This festival hub will also be open as the main venue where free events and hosted talks are held, and where public visitors can enjoy food and drinks, as well as the live music highlights and fresh market bazaars.

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Bali Blues Festival 2017 : 26th & 27th May 2017 Peninsula Area, Nusa Dua - Bali
The smooth melodies of Blues will echo across the romantic island of Bali when the Bali Blues Festival 2017 takes place on 26th & 27th May 2017. Combining great music with an entrancing setting, the event will take place on the Peninsula Island in the Nusa Dua Resort Complex.

As in the earlier edition, the festival will feature some of Indonesia’s most talented musicians including Gugun Blues Shelter , Sixstrings, BluesMates , Indo Guitars Hero, CrazyHorse, Sekertariat Bali Guitar Club, Indra Lesmana, SOULed OUT, SUNBURST, Jhon & Jail Story.

Aside from popularizing the musical genre of Blues to different generations, the event is also intended to add to the attractions of the Nusa Dua Tourist Resort. As an outdoor show with outstanding arrangements and performance, the Bali Blues Festival is envisaged to become an annual event and an icon of Nusa Dua.

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The 39th Annual Bali Arts Festival June - July 2017 Denpasar Area, Bali
Locally known as 'Pesta Kesenian Bali', the Bali Arts Festival, which interestingly takes place from every second Saturday of June to the second Saturday of July, is a yearly celebration of exhibitions and performances of various kinds of artworks and cultural achievements, and gathers locals and international visitors to the Niti Mandala Renon square for the opening, then to the Denpasar Arts Centre for daily performances and exhibitions.

The festival traditionally starts on the second Saturday of June and runs through the month of July. It is the perfect moment to witness Bali’s wealth of performing arts together with various cultural highlights from other islands in Indonesia. As one of the main highlights in Bali’s calendar of events, the annual celebration features various artworks and cultural achievements, inviting locals and international visitors to the Taman Werdhi Budaya Arts Centre in Denpasar where most of the daily exhibitions and art performances are focused.

Perang Pandan June - July 2017 Tenganan Village, Karangasem - Bali
Perang Pandan is offering ceremony conducted to honor the god Indra (god of war) and the ancestors. Perang Pandan also called mekare-kare. This ritual activities held annually in June in the village of Tenganan, located at 70 km in the east of Denpasar, more than 70 minutes by motorcycle. This village belong to one of the old village in Bali, this is called Bali Aga village. The location of this village surrounded by hills, while the shape of is like a fortress worthy of having only four entrances to the system of custody, making it easier to know who is coming and going from the village.

Perang Pandan or Makare-kare was held 2 days and held a once a year on sasih Kalima (the fifth month on the calendar of Bali) and is part of the ceremony Sasih Sembah is the largest religious ceremony in the village of Tenganan. The implementation location of Perang Pandan is in the middle of village hall. The execution usually begins at 2 pm in which all citizens use traditional Tenganan clothes (Pegringsingan woven fabric), for men only use gloves (Kamen), scarves (saput), and a headband (Udeng) without clothes, bare-chested. Supplies thorny pandanus war is bound to be one form of a mace, while the shield is made of rattan. Every man (start rising juvenile) in this village must participate in the implementation of Pandan War, the stage is about 5 x 5 meters square. With a height of about 1 meter, without a safety rope around.

After the ceremony, all scars were treated with traditional ingredients made from saffron is supposedly a very powerful way to heal wounds. There was no sad eyes even crying at the time because they all do it with all-herted and happy. This tradition is part of the ritual worship done by Tenganan villagers to the God Indra; god of war who was honored with the blood through the ritual Perang Pandan, conducted without any sense of revenge, or even with a cheerful smile, though they have hurt each other with thorny pandanus. after the war finished then the ceromony covered by praying at the local temple and equipped by the present of Rejang dance

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Bali Kites Festival July - August 2017. Padanggalak Beach, Sanur- Bali
Bali Kites Festival 2017 Annual Festival of Traditional Kites in Bali. The Bali Kites Festival is a series of kiting events that take place annually between July and August (sometimes through October), notably at the start of the windy season. The kite festivals are one of Bali’s major provincial calendar highlights presenting unique cultural scenes on par with the preceding the Bali Arts Festival. The festival is slated for various dates, with main events customarily taking place along the eastern coast of Padanggalak, just north of Sanur. Main preliminary events are usually held near the end of June and confirmed following favourable weather, therefore planning ahead to witness the event is usually a last-minute deal. Hundreds of competing kite troupes gather from all over the island to pilot their traditional kites, alongside international teams with modern kites in various shapes and sizes.

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5th Edition Ubud Village Jazz Festival 2017 : 11 - 12 August 2017. Arma Ubud, Bali
The Ubud Village Jazz Festival returns mid-August 2017, once again bringing together a lineup of various Jazz artists from Indonesia and all over the globe. This year's notable artists slated to perform this year include Benny Brown from Germany, Glenn Buschman Jazz Academy & Salamander Bigband, Gerald Clayton from USA and a big lineup of Indonesian performers such as Tesla Manaf, Benny & Barry Likumahuwa, Balawan and many more. The festival will once again take place on an open stage at the ARMA Museum in Ubud.

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The 7th Jazz Market by the Sea 2017 August 2017 (tentative) Taman Bhagawan, Benoa - Bali
Jazz Market by The Sea is an annual community based event that showcases talents of Indonesia through music, art, education and social activities. It was envisioned as a festival with a purpose so that it would have great cultural significance and has a popular appeal in Bali. Jazz Market is a festival like no other as it thrives to enrich the audience through social interaction and engaging activities. Through this, we act as a platform for musical expression to promote musical awareness and acts as a catalyst to develop the regeneration of Indonesian musicians. Jazz Market by the Sea is hosted by Taman Bhagawan; culturally inspired destination for events and celebrations.

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Sanur Village Festival 2017 August 2017 (tentative) Sanur Village, Bali
Sanur Village Festival returns in its 12-year celebration this August 26-30 (tentative), bringing back an anticipated week filled with numerous arts, cultural, food, water sports and environmental-awareness events to the shores of Bali’s otherwise tranquil sunrise coast. With festivities mainly focused in the Maisonette area of the legendary Inna Grand Bali Beach Hotel, the committee of this year’s festival promises to continue on the typical highlights of the previous festivals, with new added activities at various venues around Sanur. This year’s theme, the Sanur Village Festival highlights a bazaar and food festival, fashion shows, expos, tours, culinary challenges, Yoga, sports activities and environmental awareness programs, and it will also highlight an international kite festival, an exotic jukung festival and a Sanur Run.

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 25 – 29 October, 2017. Ubud Area, Bali
The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival will return to Bali’s cultural capital from 25–29 October, 2017. The five day program of events will span fiery conversations, intimate literary lunches, gripping live performances, hands-on workshops, art exhibits, workshops, markets and much more. A truly diverse melting pot of big ideas and extraordinary stories, the UWRF is a place to discover emerging talent and get up close and personal with some of the world’s leading voices.

Main sessions take place at Indus restaurant and Neka Museum - all located in Sanggingan, Ubud. Various other hotels and venues also serve as hosts, the likes of Four Seasons, Maya Ubud, Casa Luna and Alila Ubud. The full 2017 program will be announced in August 2017

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Nusa Dua Fiesta 2017 October 2017 (tentative) Peninsula Area, Nusa Dua – Bali
Annual event Nusa Dua Fiesta 2017 with a theme of “Love, Peace and Harmony”. Nusa Dua Fiesta event has been held for 18 years with the aim to raise awareness of all stakeholders of Nusa Dua Tourism Area including the local community, to increase the number of tourist arrivals, and to preserve art and culture.

The event, which includes art, culture, music, exhibition and fun activities, is supported by all hotels and facilities in Nusa Dua area, Indonesia Chef Association (ICA), Regional Tourism Promotion Board (BPPD) Bali, the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of SOEs, Provincial Government of Bali and Badung Regency Government. Nusa Dua Fiesta 2016 was attended by no less than 42,000 people.

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