Bali Calendar Cultural Events 2017

Bali Calendar Cultural Events, Calendar of Events Bali, Bali Calendar Events 2017
Bali Calendar Cultural Events, Calendar of Events Bali, Bali Calendar Events 2017

In planning your holiday, Bali calendar cultural events is a must. This article provides relevant information about religious activities in Bali that occurred during the year. There are also annual events / festivals (public), with many attractions, exhibitions, contests, entertainment and more.

The following information is expected to assist the reader in planning their vacation in Bali.


January, 2017

  • Jan 4: Buda Cemeng Klawu. Also known as Buda Wage Klawu, a ritual tradition devoted to "Ida Bhatara Rambut Sedana" or "Goddess of Prosperity", which brings wealth and good luck. Almost all businesses, merchants, shopkeepers, restaurants and others perform this ritual.
  • Jan 21: Saraswati. This day is devoted to “Dewi Saraswati" or "Goddess of Knowledge, Science, and Art". The Balinese make offerings for the Holy Scriptures, Book of Sciences, and Art.
  • Jan 22: Banyu Pinaruh. This ritual is performed the day after Saraswati Day. Balinese will go to the beach, rivers and springs at dawn. Purify them self and pray for wits and wisdom.
  • Jan 23: Soma Ribek. This day is devoted to “Sang Hyang Trimerta”, which has bestowed prosperity in the form of food (rice and others). Usually done in the barn (lumbung/jineng) or in rice-storages. Balinese are prohibited to pounding or selling rice, it's associated with local beliefs.
  • Jan 24: Sabuh Mas. A ritual devoted to “Hyang Mahadeva”. The offerings are made as an expression of gratitude for all the wealth and jewels such as: "raja brana", gold, beads and jewelry.
  • Jan 25: Pagerwesi. A day that is dedicated for God in the manifestation as "Sanghyang Pramesti Guru” or a true teacher, symbolizes a powerful protection to humans and the universe. Balinese focus on building a strong personal fortification, ensuring the evil cannot enter their minds, speech and deeds that can harm their self and surroundings.
  • Jan 26: Siwaratri. Often referred as the 'Night of Siwa', an auspicious time for introspection and meditation. Balinese pray for forgiveness of their sins and to reach higher consciousness.

February, 2017

  • Feb 4: Tumpek Landep. The day is devoted to “Sang Hyang Pasupati” for grace of sharp mind, heart and metallic object to meet the needs of daily life. The offerings is made by Balinese for weapons, bikes, and cars
  • Feb 8: Buda Cemeng Ukir. This day is devoted to "Dewi Lakshmi" for the grace of wealth and prosperity. An offering is put in the place where the money is stored. Associated with local beliefs, on this day Balinese are prohibited from using the money for things that are not return in the form of a form of goods such as paying debts.

March, 2017

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  • Mar 11: Tumpek Uduh/ Tumpek Pengatag. This day is devoted to worshiping God in manifestation as “Sang Hyang Sangkara”, the creator and maintainer of plants. The offering is made for the safety of plants and gives good results.
  • Mar 25: Melasti. On this day, Balinese Hindu perform ritual of purification of the sacred object (pralingga / pratima), taken to the beach or the source of holy water. This is a series of activities of Nyepi.
  • Mar 27: Tawur Agung Kesanga/ Pengerupukan. This ritual is performed the day before Nyepi, the Balinese people usually carry the show of "Ogoh-ogoh" through village streets and catus patha, to ward off negative energy and not disturb the human life.
  • Mar 28: Nyepi. This is a Balinese "Day of Silence", commemorated every Isakawarsa (Saka New Year). A day of absolute silence for the Balinese Hindu, where no fire is lit (amati gni), no work (amati karya), no traveling (amati lelungan) and no amusement (amati lelanguan), called Catur Brata Penyepian.
  • Mar 29: Ngembak Geni. It carried out the day after Nyepi by praying in Mrajan and mutual visiting relatives and friends to establish social harmony.
  • Mar 30: Sugihan Jawa. A ritual that aims to invoke the sanctity of the universe or in Bhuana Agung.
  • Mar 31: Sugihan Bali. A ritual that aims to invoke the sanctity of the self or in Bhuana Alit.

April, 2017

  • Apr 5: Galungan. This is a Balinese holiday celebrating the victory of dharma over adharma. It marks the time when the ancestral spirits visit the Earth. The Implementation of Galungan is also accompanied by Penjor, which had been installed a day before. Hindus make offerings presented to Sang Hyang Widhi with all its manifestations, as a sign of gratitude for grace and safety on Earth.
  • Apr 15: Kuningan. This day is believed that the ancestral spirits and Holy Spirit returned to heaven, after several days on Earth. The special offerings are made, consisted of yellow rice, dish and special ornaments made of coconut leaves.

May, 2017

  • May 20: Tumpek Krulut. On this day, Balinese Hindus pray to God in the manifestation as "Iswara", with the creation of sacred sounds, in the form of Tabuh or Gamelan. Tumpek Krulut often referred as "Odalan Gong" or "Otonan Gong".
Ubud Food Festival - May, 2017. A three-day culinary adventure, showcasing Indonesia's diverse cuisine, innovative chefs, and extraordinary local products. Alongside Indonesian chefs, restaurateurs, producers and food professionals, celebrated culinary icons from around the world, will dish up a program that rich in tastes and fresh ideas.


June, 2017

  • June 24: Tumpek Uye/ Tumpek Kandang. This day Balinese Hindu held ritual for pets (cattle, hens, dogs, pigs, and more). The offerings are addressed to God in the manifestation as "Sang Hyang Rare Angon", in order to avoid animal diseases, so that the pet is safe and healthy.
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Bali Art Festival - Mid June to Mid July, 2017. It is an annual event, held for a month, filled with incredible dance performances from the classical dances, offering dances, to the contemporary royal dances. Bali Arts Festival becomes one of the most awaited festivals each year, support both emerging international artists and talented local performers.


July, 2017

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  • July 29: Tumpek Wayang. On this day Balinese Hindus making offerings as an expression of gratitude to "Sang Hyang Iswara" of his creation in the form of art. This day is devoted to the art in the form of a traditional puppet show. The offerings were made to invoke the blessing, so this art remain stable, fun and magical.





Bali Kite Festival - July and August, 2017. The timing of the kite festival is in July and August, as this marks the start of the windy season in Bali. The festival started off as a colorful fanfare to thank the gods for bountiful harvests and fertility, become one of the most remarkable events on Bali and attract thousands of visitors each year.

Bali Fashion Week – July, 2017. It is an annual event, bringing stakeholders of the fashion world, both locally and internationally. Bali Fashion Week offers a creative platform for fashion designers to hone their craft and put their best items on display.


August, 2017

  • Aug 2: Buda Cemeng Klawu. Also known as Buda Wage Klawu, a ritual tradition devoted to "Ida Bhatara Rambut Sedana" or "Goddess of Prosperity", which brings wealth and good luck. Almost all businesses, merchants, shopkeepers, restaurants and others perform this ritual.
  • Aug 19: Saraswati. This day is devoted to “Dewi Saraswati" or "Goddess of Knowledge, Science, and Art". The Balinese make offerings for the Holy Scriptures, Book of Sciences, and Art.
  • Aug 20: Banyu Pinaruh. This ritual is performed the day after Saraswati Day. Balinese will go to the beach, rivers and springs at dawn. Purify them self and pray for wits and wisdom.
  • Aug 21: Soma Ribek. Soma Ribek. This day is devoted to “Sang Hyang Trimerta”, which has bestowed prosperity in the form of food (rice and others). Usually done in the barn (lumbung/jineng) or in rice-storages. Balinese are prohibited to pounding or selling rice, it's associated with local beliefs.
  • Aug 22: Sabuh Mas. A ritual devoted to “Hyang Mahadeva”. The offerings are made as an expression of gratitude for all the wealth and jewels such as: "raja brana", gold, beads and jewelry.
  • Aug 23: Pagerwesi. A day that is dedicated for God in the manifestation as "Sanghyang Pramesti Guru"or a true teacher, symbolizes a powerful protection to humans and the universe. Balinese focus on building a strong personal fortification, ensuring the evil cannot enter their minds, speech and deeds that can harm their self and surroundings.
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Sanur Village Festival - August, 2017. SVF is a community event which is a combination of several large-scale events such as food festivals, exhibitions of creative economy, various contests and competitions, art and cultural attractions, music and various types of environmentally friendly activities.

Legian Beach Festival - August, 2017. An outdoor festival runs both day and night along Legian Beach. The festival presents plenty of events including live music, dance, Balinese cuisine, surfing, yoga, and plenty of market stalls.


September, 2017

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  • Sep 2: Tumpek Landep. The day is devoted to “Sang Hyang Pasupati” for grace of sharp mind, heart and metallic object to meet the needs of daily life. The offerings are made by Balinese for weapons, bikes, and cars.
  • Sep 6: Buda Cemeng Ukir. This day is devoted to "Dewi Lakshmi" for the grace of wealth and prosperity. An offering is put in the place where the money is stored. Associated with local beliefs, on this day Balinese are prohibited from using the money for things that are not return in the form of a form of goods such as paying debts.
Lovina Beach Festival - September, 2017. An annual event, takes place by the beach in the surrounding villages of Kalibukbuk and Kaliasem. The festival present the traditions and cultural practices in Bali, handicraft exhibitions, photography contests, flower offerings, bull race, puppet performances and live music.


October, 2017

  • Oct 7: Tumpek Uduh/ Tumpek Pengatag. This day is devoted to worshiping God in manifestation as “Sang Hyang Sangkara”, the creator and maintainer of plants. The offerings are made for the safety of plants and give good results.
  • Oct 26: Sugihan Jawa. A ritual to invoke the sanctity of the universe or in Bhuana Agung.
  • Oct 27: Sugihan Bali. A ritual to invoke the sanctity of the self or in Bhuana Alit.
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Kuta Karnival - October 2017. It is an annual event held in Kuta Beach, Bali. Kuta Karnival is full of excitement, presents series of events such as Kite Festival, Balinese Arts, Cartoon exhibitions, Movie Screening, Bali Food Festival, Sand Sculpture Competition and more.


November, 2017

  • Nov 1: Galungan. This is a Balinese holiday celebrating the victory of dharma over adharma. It marks the time when the ancestral spirits visit the Earth. The Implementation of Galungan is also accompanied by Penjor, which had been installed a day before. Hindus make offerings presented to Sang Hyang Widhi with all its manifestations, as a sign of gratitude for grace and safety on Earth.
  • Nov 11: Kuningan. This day is believed that the ancestral spirits and Holy Spirit returned to heaven, after several days on Earth. The special offerings are made, consisted of yellow rice, dish and special ornaments made of coconut leaves.
Nusa Dua Fiesta - November, 2017. Initially only a hotel and tenant appreciation activities to visitors in the region. Transformed into a huge party, became the arena of art attractions, cultural, culinary, sports and entertainment.


December, 2017

  • Dec 16: Tumpek Klurut. On this day, Balinese Hindus pray to God in the manifestation as "Iswara", with the creation of sacred sounds, in the form of Tabuh or Gamelan. Tumpek Klurut often referred as "Odalan Gong" or "Otonan Gong".
  • Dec 18: Nangluk Merana. This ritual is performed to Ida Sang Hyang Widhi, aims to counteract or controlling "the disturbance" that could bring destruction to crops (paddy), animals and humans.
Pandawa Beach Festival - December 2017. This is an annual event held from December 25 until January 1 each year, to celebrate Christmas and New Year. The festival presents the traditional arts of the region and the performing arts.

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