Bali Calendar Cultural Events

Bali Calendar Event 2018, Bali Calendar Cultural Events

In planning your holiday, Bali's cultural events calendar is a must. Here we have the information about religious activities in Bali during this year (2018). There are also annual events / festivals (public), with many attractions, exhibitions, contests, entertainment and more. The following information is expected to assist the traveler in planning their vacation in Bali.

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January, 2018

- Jan 15: 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.

- Jan 20: 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.




February, 2018

- Feb 24: 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.

- Feb 28: 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.


March, 2018

- Mar 14: 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 16: 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 17: 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 17: 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.

- Mar 18: Ngembak Geni. It carried out the day after Nyepi by praying in Mrajan and mutual visiting relatives and friends to establish social harmony.

- Mar 18: 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.

- Mar 19: 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.

- Mar 20: 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.

- Mar 21: 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.

- Mar 31: 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.

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April, 2018

- Apr 4: 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.


May, 2018

- May 5: 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.

- May 24 : Sugihan Jawa. A ritual that aims to invoke the sanctity of the universe or in Bhuana Agung.

- May 25: Sugihan Bali. A ritual that aims to invoke the sanctity of the self or in Bhuana Alit.

- May 30: 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.


June, 2018

- June 9: 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.

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, 2018

- July 14: 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".

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.


August, 2018

- Aug 18: 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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September, 2018

- Sep 22: 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.

- Sep 26: 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.


October, 2018

- Oct 13: 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.

- Oct 14: 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.

- Oct 15: 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.

- Oct 16: 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.

- Oct 17: 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.

- Oct 27: 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.

- Oct 31: 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.


December, 2018

- Dec 1: 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.

- Dec 7: 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.

- Dec 20: Sugihan Jawa. A ritual to invoke the sanctity of the universe or in Bhuana Agung.

- Dec 21: Sugihan Bali. A ritual to invoke the sanctity of the self or in Bhuana Alit.

- Dec 26: 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.


(NB: There is no significant cultural event during the month of November 2018.)




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