April 13, 2017

Tumpek Wayang Ceremony in Bali

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Tumpek Wayang ceremony falls on Saturday / Sanicara Kliwon Wayang. On this day Balinese make offerings devoted to Ida Sang Hyang Widi Wasa in manifestation as Sang Hyang Iswara, which had penetrated the darkness, illuminating the world, and awaken the power of art and beauty. This ceremony is celebrated every 210 days (6 months in Balinese calendar).

Tumpek Wayang is also an important day for the art of shadow puppets. Many families have shadow puppets that were inherited from the ancestors or their predecessors who worked as a puppeteer. On this day the puppeteers (Samirana) will issue the puppets from the box and arrange them in such a way. The offerings placed near the puppet and then prayer is performed.

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April 9, 2017

Nangluk Merana - A ceremony to ward off pests and natural negative forces in Bali

Nangluk Merana Ceremony

Nangluk Merana is a ceremony or yadnya addressed to Ida Sang Hyang Widi Wasa, to plead for help in counteracting the natural disturbances such as pests, diseases, and natural negative forces in order not to endanger human life.

The ceremony of Nangluk Merana is generally organized by Subak throughout Bali. Through the implementation of this ceremony is expected that the agricultural land (rice paddies, fields, etc) can be protected from crop damages, and blessed with fertility, also an abundant harvest.

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April 1, 2017

Tumpek Krulut Bali - A Ceremony To Honor The Balinese Gamelan Instruments

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Tumpek Krulut is a ceremony held as an expression of gratitude presented to Ida Hyang Widi Wasa in the manifestation as Sang Hyang Iswara, above that the creation of sacred sounds in the form of percussion / gamelan.

The word "krulut" is derived from the word "lulut" which means "pleasant", in this case relates to pleasant sounds of the "tetabuhan" or Balinese gamelan instruments.

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March 30, 2017

Tumpek Kandang Bali - Blessing of The Animals ceremony in Bali

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Tumpek Kandang is an expression of gratitude to Ida Hyang Widi Wasa in the manifestation as Sang Hyang Rare Angon, who gave the grace of life, health, and healing in animals (wild and tame).

This is based on the important role of the pets in the joints of human life. They contribute greatly in helping on the farm, increasing incomes, improving nutrition, ceremony, up to the art and literature.

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March 29, 2017

Sugihan Ceremony - A Symbol of Purification

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The Sugihan ceremony (or Sugian) commenced the week before Galungan. The Balinese Hindus will celebrate the ceremony season consecutively, which is a symbol of purification, consist of: Sugian Tenten, Sugian Jawa and Sugian Bali. Thirdly this ceremony falls on Wuku Sungsang, celebrated every 210 days.

Sugihan Tenten is the first Sugian, celebrated on Wednesday Pon wuku Sungsang. The word "tenten" identified with "enten" which means "remember", reminding that Galungan will arrive. All obligations must be prepared.

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March 26, 2017

Ubud Royal Palace Bali - Puri Saren Agung Ubud Bali

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The Royal Palace Ubud or Puri Saren Agung Ubud Bali is a beautiful palace, has magnificent architecture, and still maintained until now. The palace (puri) was built during the reign of Ida Tjokorda Putu Kandel (1800-1823). This palace was opened to the public since the 1930s, on the governance of Tjokorda Gede Agung Sukawati (1910-1978), the last ruling monarch of Ubud.

The palace is located at the intersection of Jalan Monkey Forest and Jalan Raya Ubud, across from the Ubud Art Market. Ubud area has a tropical cool climate, regarded as the cultural center of Bali; there are many artists' workshops, galleries and museums.

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March 23, 2017

Ubud Monkey Forest Bali - The Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud (Gianyar, Bali)

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Ubud Monkey Forest Sanctuary or Mandala Wisata Wenara Wana Ubud is a monkey sanctuary for the long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicuiaris) and there is also temple that is highly respected especially by local residents, Pura Dalem Padangtegal.

The orest (sanctuary) is located in the Desa Pekraman Padangtegal, southern of Ubud Village, in the district of Ubud, Gianyar Regency, Bali. This forest was originally named Alas Pemaosan, then in 1991 changed to Wenara Wana. The name is taken from the Sanskrit, a sacred language, and reflects the sacredness of Hanuman, the Monkey God.

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March 18, 2017

Pura Yeh Gangga Bali - Yeh Gangga Temple in Perean Tabanan

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Pura Yeh Gangga Bali is one of the ancient temple which is now bears the status of National Cultural Heritage (Cagar Budaya Nasional), located in Perean Village, District of Baturiti, Tabanan Regency, Bali. This temple has the same route to Bedugul and also Ulun Danu Bratan, about 12 kilometers from Mengwi.

Balinese believe Yeh Ganga temple has an important role, especially in pray for salvation and healing. In addition, the presence of the river in the area of the temple is also irrigate the farmland, give life, and supports the local people.

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March 17, 2017

Wooden Dulang - The Dulang Kayu Bali Handicraft

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Wooden Dulang or Dulang Kayu Bali is used as a place of offerings, serving fruit, pastries, reading, and also important in making "gebogan". The top of dulang resembles a round tray, supported by a single pole widening downward.

This pole serves as a handle, is formed in such a way, so it is stable (no sway) when placed on a flat plane.

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March 15, 2017

Oleg Tamulilingan Dance Bali - A Classical Dance of The Bumblebees in Bali

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Oleg Tamulilingan Dance or Tari Oleg Tamulilingan Bali is one of the great creations of the dance artist from Tabanan, I Ketut Marya or better known as I Mario. This dance is known as "The Bumblebee Dance", was created in 1952 at the request of John Coast (England).

Oleg Tamulilingan describes a pair of beetles, male and female, playing happily, siphon the pollen, and having fun in the garden. The beauty is radiated in the movements of the dancers along with the accompaniment of Gong Kebyar. A dazzling movement of male dancer playing "kancut" and kepet (fan), while the female playing "oncer" (shawl) with dynamic movements, beautiful, and a bit aggressive.

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March 13, 2017

Baris Tunggal Dance - The Solo Warrior Dance of Bali

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Baris Tunggal Dance or Tari Baris Tunggal Bali was created in the early 20th century. This dance is usually performed as the opening dance for the secular show and sometimes as the lead figure in the dance-drama. Baris Tunggal or Solo Warrior dance is always performed by a young boy, occasionally by a young girl.

Movements in this dance tell the toughness of Balinese soldier at that time. The dance movement is steady, firm, energetic and dynamic, accompanied by eye movement (sledet) which constantly changing. This reflects the nature of a soldier who is aware of the situation around him.

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March 10, 2017

Tari Tani Bali - The Farming Dance of Bali

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Tari Tani Bali (Farming Dance) is created by I Wayan Beratha in 1957. This dance emerges along with the Tari Tenun (Weaving Dance) and Tari Nelayan (Fishing Dance) in the era of 1950s. Tani dance showing the everyday life of Balinese, particularly the work or activities of farmer in Bali.

Tani dance usually performed in groups by male and female dancers. The movements in this dance depict the activities of farmers from preparing the land, plant the seeds, up to take care of their plants. This dance is indeed present a beautiful and elegant movements.

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March 8, 2017

Panyembrama Balinese Dance - Tari Panyembrama Bali

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Panyembrama Balinese Dance is a secular dance form, become an alluring dance through a combination of the graceful movement, gamelan music, and elegant dancer’s costume. This dance is designed by I Wayan Berata and was performed for the first time in the Pandaan Festival, in 1971.

Panyembrama dance is performed by a group of skillful female dancers, accompanied by live music of Balinese gamelan. Even though the dance has no story to tell, it is considered to be extremely beautiful composition due to the dance movements are mostly used to welcome god into the temple.

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March 6, 2017

Tenun Dance - Tari Tenun Bali

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Tenun Dance or Tari Tenun Bali depicts women who are weaving, which is the population's daily activities at that time. This dance was created by I Nyoman Ridet and the music is composed by I Wayan Likes, both from Kerobokan (in Badung), in the year of 1957.

Tenun Dance is a group dance, performed by 3-5 women. In most of the dance, the movement is executed in a kneeling position. Tenun depict spinning thread, wrapping the loom, and weaving. The dance was so lovely, graceful and elegant.

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March 5, 2017

Sekar Jagat Dance - Tari Sekar Jagat Bali

Sekar Jagat Dance, Tari Sekar Jagat Bali

Sekar Jagat Dance is a variant of the Balinese welcome dance, choreographed by the dance artists, Ni Luh Swasthi Wijaya Bandem in 1993. The dance is based on the sacred Rejang from Asak (in Karangasem) but far more elegant, stately, and formal in presentation.

The dance is accompanied by gamelan music, composed by I Nyoman Windha and is based on the Selonding music of Tenganan Pegringsingan Village.

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Kebyar Trompong Dance Bali - Beautiful Dance & The Trompong Instrument

Kebyar Trompong Dance, Tari Kebyar Terompong Bali

Kebyar Trompong Dance and Kebyar Duduk Dance are a variation of Kebyar Dance. In Kebyar Trompong, the dancer has to dance and play the musical instrument called Terompong at the same time, collaborating with gamelan accompaniment.

Terompong or Trompong is one of gamelan instrument. It is a long instrument, with a set of metal bowl-like gongs, placed on a large wooden frame and decorated by carved motifs and prada. Thus the name of the "Terompong" dance comes from the instrument itself.

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February 28, 2017

Melasti Ceremony Bali - Purification and The Nectar of Life (Tirta Amrita)

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Melasti Ceremony in Bali is a purification ceremony and ritual. Melasti also knew by the term "Melis" or "Mekiyis". In general, this ritual is held the three days prior to Nyepi Day (once a year).

This unique tradition has a purpose to cleanse Bhuana Agung (world or universe) and Bhuana Alit (the people) from badness or bad spirit. This is done symbolically by using Tirta Amrita or "the water of life".

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February 20, 2017

Tumpek Uduh Bali - A Manifestation Of Concern For Plants

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Tumpek Uduh (Pengatag) is an expression of gratitude to Ida Sang Hyang Widi Wasa (The Creator) in manifestation as Hyang Sangkara for the grace of healthy plants in sustaining life on Earth.

This celebration is conducted once every 210 days, exactly on the day of Saniscara Pon wuku Wariga, or 25 days before Galugan Day. It also has several designations such as: Tumpek Wariga, Tumpek Bubuh, Tumpek Atag, and Tumpek Pengarah.

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February 17, 2017

Rangkan Beach - Pantai Rangkan Bali

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The beach atmosphere has always been a fascination, as if possessed of magical powers and captivate every visitor. The vast stretches of sand, the waves breaking the silence, and the cool sea breezes.

Oh, of course coupled with panoramic blue ocean, beautiful fishing boats, and row of swaying coconut trees, making the atmosphere more romantic. Visitors who are on vacation in Bali can explore and discover this beach, the Rangkan Beach (Pantai Rangkan Bali).

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February 16, 2017

Gumicik Beach Bali - Relaxing Atmosphere and Peaceful Rural Environtment

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The beach, waves, beautiful environment, and relaxing atmosphere have become the pillar of the tourism sector in Bali. Several beaches such as Kuta, Legian, and Sanur are often full of tourists, both local and international, so it seemed busy and crowded.

However, for visitors who choose to explore, discover the unique, and of course the quieter beach with relaxing atmosphere, Gumicik Beach can be an option. Gumicik beach, a beach in Gianyar, offering natural beauty, strong waves, more relaxing atmosphere and peaceful rural environment.

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February 3, 2017

Purnama Beach Bali - A Peaceful Rural Oceanfront and Magnificent Sea View

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The beaches in Bali presents itself as a magnet, attract the attention of every visitor both locally and internationally. The beach and all of its beauty has become the pride of the tourism sector, particularly in this paradise island. This situation reflected by dense and crowded visitors at several beach locations in Bali.

The good news is that there are always other beaches that certainly could be an option, with a calmer and relaxed atmosphere like Purnama Beach Bali. The beach offers a relaxed atmosphere, away from the bustle, and is supported by green rice paddies and peaceful rural environment.

Purnama beach is known to have an amazing sea view. A black sandy beach with beautiful sparkling when exposed to sunrise, a row of palm trees, mountain views, and rice paddies of Bali. This beauty is also accompanied by the deep blue sea of Bali Strait along with Nusa Penida as its backdrop. Really worth a visit when you are on holiday in Bali.

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January 29, 2017

Ketewel Beach Bali - Beautiful Beach, Panoramic View & Paradise for Surfers

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Going to the beach is a must and always listed in the "to do list" of the traveler who visiting Bali. So it is not as rare as some beaches like Kuta, Nusa Dua, and Sanur are always crowded, both by local and foreign visitors. Crowded, bustle, and still enjoyable for visitors.

But for the traveler who wants a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere, Bali is still providing plenty of options, one of which is Ketewel Beach. This beach has a beautiful black sand and known to the peaceful environment situation. Ketewel beach also has a beautiful view of the sea and the waves are big and powerful, so that it becomes a paradise for surfers.

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January 27, 2017

Lembeng Beach Bali - Romantic Beach & Surfing Point in Bali

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Lembeng beach offers a panoramic beach that captivating to every visitor and also become a paradise for surfers. This beach is located in Banjar Lembeng, Ketewel Village, District of Sukawati, Gianyar Regency, Bali. Situated very close to the Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra highway and also easily accessible from Kuta, Sanur, Ubud, and East Bali.

Entering the beach, visitors will be greeted by rice fields. Then replaced by a grove of palm trees, black sand, waves, and cool sea breeze. Visitors can walk down the beach while enjoying the atmosphere and relaxing. Due to the big and powerful waves, visitors are advised not to swim.

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January 20, 2017

Saba Beach Bali - Horse Riding, Turtle Conservation, and Sacred Temple

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Holidays in Bali it is not complete without enjoying a morning stroll along the sand beach, with beautiful views all around, waves, colorful fishing boats, and of course the sunrise. One of the locations you can visit the Saba Beach, situated in Saba Village, District of Blahbatuh, Gianyar Regency, Bali.

Saba Beach Bali offers a tranquil beaches, beautiful black sand, and peaceful surroundings at a location which is slightly away from the main road. So the conditions are still natural and less crowded compared to other beaches in South Bali.

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January 12, 2017

Pura Lempuyang Luhur Bali - The Unique and Sacred temple in Bali

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The lovers of "Spiritual Travel" or "Tirtayatra" certainly must not miss this one, Pura Lempuyang Luhur. The temple is located in the eastern part of Bali, exactly in the District of Abang, Karangasem Regency, Bali. Pura Lempuyang is situated in Puncak Bisbis or Mt. Lempuyang at an altitude of above 1.000 meters asl. The temple area has a cool climate, often foggy, surrounded by beautiful panorama, and blanketed by thick spiritual nuances.

This is a temple complex consisting of the main temple of Pura Lempuyang Luhur and also several supporting temples. The supporting temples are including Pura Puncak Bisbis, Pura Lempuyang Madya, Pura Telaga Mas, Pura Pasar Agung, Penataran Agung Lempuyang, and more others.

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January 10, 2017

Telaga Waja River Bali - The best river for White Water Rafting in Bali

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The eastern part of Bali is still obvious with the friendliness of the cultural, historical values, and of course the rustic nature always causes admiration of every visitor. This area is still supported by the natural environmental conditions, less hectic, scenic rice terraces and verdant hills.

Not only that, the river of Telaga Waja has become a magnet for tourists to visit this region. Telaga Waja offers a special rafting experience with stunning views of rice fields, waterfalls, cliffs, and awesome green jungles.

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January 7, 2017

Tedung Bali - A beautiful of Bali ceremonial Umbrella

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Bali is very obvious with the uniqueness and beauty. Visitors can see it directly when setting foot on this paradise island. One of the uniqueness is an ornament in the form of umbrella with the color, size, and different functions that adorn every Balinese Hindu shrine.

This ornament is called "Tedung" or ceremonial umbrella, which literally means "to guard". Tedung is typically used in the temple or holy shrine and also in certain ceremonies such as Nyekah ceremony, Melasti ceremony, etc.

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January 5, 2017

Kulkul Bali - A traditional Slit Drum & Bale Kulkul Bali

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The uniqueness of culture and traditions in Bali continues to experience the pressure of the technology and changing times. However, because of the high value and flexible nature, it has survived and can still be enjoyed until now.

One of that uniqueness is a traditional medium of communication in the form of musical instrument, made of wood or bamboo, called "Kulkul" or Balinese Slit-Drum. The existence of this traditional communication tool is still preserved until now. It plays an important role in the daily life of Balinese Hindu community.

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