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10 FESTIVALS YOU WANT TO VISIT

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Bali.

One would immediately think of beautiful beaches and fantastic sights at the mere mention of the place. The island has also become one of the most notable wedding destinations in the world.

But more to the beaches and wedding villas in Bali, there are other things that this tropical gem can offer.

Bali boasts of many festivals that give the world a glimpse of its rich culture. These celebrations are a stunning display of the island’s unique culture and spirit. Apart from being important features in Bali’s culture, these events are one of a kind attractions that set the place apart from other destinations.

In this post, we share some of the most significant and colorful festivals that will make you want to visit Bali.

Nyepi

Also called Day of Silence, Nyepi is a new year’s celebration uniquely celebrated in Bali. It is a highly anticipated occasion by locals and visitors alike. Some escape the island for the day because of the restrictions surrounding the event. The day is celebrated in total silence, literally. On this day, all activities in the island are put to a halt – no traveling, no entertainment, no talking and not even eating. Nyepi is observed from 6 am to 6 am the next day.

Saraswati

Saraswati is a Balinese holiday held in celebration of its namesake, Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of knowledge, arts and literature. The holiday is celebrated by blessing manuscripts, Vedic scriptures and other books of knowledge. Special offerings are also made. On this event, schools and libraries join together in prayer.

Makepung Buffalo Race

This popular bull race is held every year in Jembrana, West Bali. The festival got its name from the word kepung which means “chase.” Makepung Buffalo Race takes place around the paddy fields in the town and is officially designated as the Piala Bupati or the Governor’s Cup. Buffalos are paired together pulling the traditional wooden plough with a jockey aboard.

Galungan and Kuningan

Galungan is one of the major festivals in Bali and the most important for the Balinese people. Also a feast, Gulungan symbolizes the triumph of Dharma over Adharma. The festival is also held to celebrate the return of ancestors and Balinese gods to Bali. A penjor, a tall bamboo pole intricately decorated with harvest items like rice, coconut and fruits, is erected on the gate of every household in the village.

Kuningan, the last day of the 10-day Galungan festival, closes the holiday period. It is a day of prayer where rituals are held to honor the spirits of ancestors.

Pagerwesi

The festival commemorates an ancient battle between good and evil. Pagerwesiliterally means “iron fence.” It is celebrated every six months, three days after the Saraswati. Pagerwesi is highly associated with Saraswati because knowledge is considered a powerful thing that should be protected from evil forces. During this festival, the Balinese strengthen and fortify their souls and minds against evil.

Bali Arts Festival

Held annually, the Bali Arts Festival starts from the second Saturday of June until the second Saturday of July. The month-long celebration features colorful parades, artistic performances and art exhibits drawing both local and international guests. Locally known as Pesta Kesenian Bali, this is definitely a series of events that art enthusiasts wouldn’t want to miss.

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival

This festival is a gathering of writers, speakers and literature lovers from different parts of the world. Now on its 11 year, the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival comprises of various events such as literary workshops, arts highlights, book launches and youth programs. The events are held in different venues around Bali and sometimes even beyond.

Ubud Food Festival

Held in the cultural heartland of Bali, Ubud Food Festival is one for the food lovers. It’s a three-day culinary extravaganza that is intended to showcase Indonesian cuisine. The festival is organized by the same people behind the Writers & Readers Festival following its success. This mouthwatering feat is truly a gastronomic adventure for foodies visiting the island, an experience that shouldn’t be missed.

Ubud Village Jazz Festival

For the music lovers, the Ubud Village Jazz Festival will surely strike a chord. The event showcases some of the most notable jazz musicians from Indonesia and around the world. Only on its third year, the music festival was held last August featuring performances by Oran Etkin, Balawan & Batuan Ethnic Fusion, Dwiki Darmawan, Koko Harsoe, Underground Jazz Movement and many others.

Bali Kites Festival

The art of kite making is highly regarded by the Balinese. An annual event, the Bali Kites Festival is anticipated not only by locals but also tourists from all over the world. The sight of gigantic colorful kites with unique designs flying together is truly amazing to see. This wonderful display is reminiscent of those childhood summers, fun and carefree.

Visiting Bali soon?

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