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April 2014

Tumpek Uduh

Date: 26 April 2014

Tumpek Uduh is a holy day dedicated to the blessings of plants, especially those that produce fruits and flowers. On this day households bless their gardens, farms and plantations for successful harvests in lead up to the Galungan celebrations three weeks ahead, which largely require the items for various temple offerings.

May 2014

Penampahan Galungan

Date: 20 May 2014

Galungan eve sees all Balinese households busy preparing for the following day, by decorating curved bamboo poles with elements of harvests and natural items, such as rice, fruit, coconuts, and leaves. These penjor poles symbolize the blessing by Mother Nature. When complete, these ornamental bamboo poles provide a unique sight, lining every road throughout Bali. The day also features spit-roasted pigs in Banjar communal halls, and traditional food prepared for the whole village to share.

Galungan

Date: 21 May 2014

The day that commemorates the legendary battle of good versus evil, or the triumph of the spread of Hinduism in Bali. Offerings and prayers take place at family shrines and village temples.

Batukaru Temple ‘Piodalan’ Anniversary

Date: 22 May 2014

Batukaru Temple celebrates its biannual piodalan temple anniversary, which coincides each Thursday after the Galungan celebrations. Pilgrims from the adjacent villages in Wangaya Gede and all over the island flock to this mountain temple for prayers.

Date: 31 May 2014
Location: Island-wide and Sakenan Temple, Serangan Island, South Denpasar

Kuningan Day roughly takes place 10 days after the Galungan celebrations. Offerings and prayers are conducted at temples and shrines before noon. One of the island's most notable temples is Sakenan on Serangan Island, which coincidentally celebrates its piodalan temple anniversary around the day of Kuningan with a series of festivities, sacred dances and flows of pilgrims from all over during its three-day celebrations. Read More...

Mekotekan Rituals

Date: 31 May 2014
Location: Munggu Village, Mengwi district, Badung

This age-old tradition coincides with the day of Kuningan and features the whole male villagers of Munggu joining in brandishing long stiff bamboo poles onto the streets. Over a thousand jovial participants and curious onlookers flock to the village streets, reenacting the triumphant battles of the Blambangan war. Each of the pole ends are combined in mid-air forming a dynamic pyramid where to friendly opponents climb up this mountain and face-off at the peak.

Vesak, Buddhist Year 2558

Date: 15 May 2014
Location(s):
Vihara Amurva Bumi, Blahbatuh, Gianyar
Wihara Dharmayana, Kuta
Wihara Buddha Sakyamuni, Denpasar
Brahmavihara Arama, Banjar, Singaraja
Wihara Dharmagiri, Pupuan, Tabanan
Wihara Buddha Guna, Nusa Dua

Vesak or Waisak is a holiday observed traditionally by Buddhists, marking the birth of prince Siddharta Gautama. The date varies each year on the Gregorian calendar but usually coincides in April or May, and in June on leap years. Unique to Buddhists in Bali is that some rituals share slight resemblance to Balinese Hindu features, such as in the use of temple ornaments.

June 2014

Date: 4 June 2014

Tanah Lot Temple, one of the most significant sea temples on the island, celebrates its biannual ‘piodalan’ temple anniversary, which coincides every Wednesday on a Langkir cycle on the Balinese 210-day Pawukon calendar. Pilgrims from the adjacent villages and all over the island flock to the temple for prayers, providing a unique sight to see on this sacred offshore sanctuary with its famous sunset backdrops. Read More...

Date: 10 June 2014
Location: Goa Lawah, Jalan Raya Goa Lawah, Pesinggahan Village, Dawan District, Klungkung

Goa Lawah is one of Bali’s most important temples. It features a complex built in a cave opening inhabited by hordes of bats and its name translates into English as simply ‘Bat Cave’. This temple was said to have been established in the 11th century by Mpu Kuturan, a high priest. Goa Lawah’s piodalan or grand temple anniversary takes place every 210 days on the Balinese Pawukon calendar cycle of an Anggara Kasih Medangsia Tuesday, the same temple anniversary day as Uluwatu’s. Read More...

Date: 16 April 2014
Location: Village of Mengwi, Badung

Taman Ayun Temple is a landmark in the village of Mengwi, Badung regency, located 17km northwest of Denpasar, and boasts magnificent traditional architectural features throughout its courtyards and enclosures as well as expansive garden landscapes comprised of lotus and fish ponds. The temple celebrates its piodalan temple anniversary every 'Anggara Kasih Medangsia' Tuesday every 210 days according to the traditional Balinese Pawukon calendar. Read More...

Date: 10 June 2014
Location: Uluwatu Temple, Jimbaran

Uluwatu Temple celebrates its biannual piodalan temple anniversary, which coincides every Tuesday on a Kliwon Medangsya cycle on the Balinese 210-day pawukon calendar. Pilgrims from all over the island flock to the temple for prayers, providing a unique sight to see on this clifftop-perched temple with its famous sunset backdrop. Read More...

Bali International Triathlon

Date: 21 June 2015
Location: Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran Bay, Jimbaran

The prestigious triathlon is back this year in Jimbaran, and will feature an Olympic 1.5km swim, 40km bike ride and 10km run as well as a Sprint 500m swim, 20km bike ride and 5km run to the finish line in the scenic Jimbaran Bay.

July 2014

Tumpek Krulut

Date: 5 July 2014

Tumpek Krulut is a special day dedicated to the blessing of traditional gamelan music instruments in praise of the Hindu goddess Semara Ratih, the goddess of love. Overall, the day is filled with various rituals aimed to bringing balance and harmony to life and nature as provided through music and sound.

Date: 13 June - 12 July

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. Read More...

Date: 18-20 July 2014
Location: Padanggalak Beach, Sanur

The Bali Kite Festival is slated for its 36th celebration this year, as an annual feast among the Balinese as they regard the art of kite making and piloting highly. The event is also anticipated by the international community as it provides rare opportunities to enjoy gigantic traditional kites built with contemporary designs. The festival usually takes place around the start of the windy season, somewhere between the end of June through August, and is slated for 18-20 July this year. The agrarian background of the Balinese largely contributes to this kite-flying tradition, when these months usually provide open fields after harvests. Read More...

Dates: (tentative)
Location: Jembrana, Negara, West Bali

Bali has a wealth of bull races. This racing tradition is a large deal in the town of Jembrana, Negara regency, even taking on the official championships designation as the Governor's Cup or 'Piala Bupati'. The festival usually kicks off with various heats around the coastal race tracks of Jembrana in the month of July, leading up to the finals and festivities occurring mid-November. The tradition traces back to the legacies of the Jembrana farmers, and during the festivities various other art forms of the locality are performed as well, such as bull fashion shows and Jegog bamboo orchestras. Read More...

AUGUST 2014

Ubud Village Jazz Festival

Date: 8-9 August 2014
Location: Arma Museum Ubud, Jalan Raya Pengosekan, Ubud

The second Ubud Village Jazz Festival is slated for August this year. The event once again will bring together a lineup of various Jazz artists from Indonesia and all over the globe. Among the notable artists confirmed to perform include Koko Harsoe, Joe Rosenberg, Balawan & Batuan Ethnic Fusion, and Dwiki Darmawan. The festival will take place at the Arma Museum in Ubud.

Tumpek Kandang

Date: 9 August 2014

Tumpek Kandang is a special day filled with dedicated blessings for animals, livestock and pets. Various offerings are made to the Hindu god Rudra for successful farming and animal welfare, aimed at the harmony of the environment and which contribute to human sustenance and happiness. The day is part of a series of other Tumpek days aimed at the blessings of different subjects, namely Tumpek Uduh for plants, Tumpek Landep for metal objects and tools, Tumpek Kuningan for ancestral spirits, Tumpek Wayang for wayang shadow puppets and Tumpek Krulut for traditional gamelan music instruments – all which occur in a 210-day cycle on the Pawukon calendar.

Jazz Market by the Sea

Date: 15-17 August 2014
Location: Taman Bhagawan, Tanjung Benoa

Jazz Market by the Sea is an annual community cultural and musical event, held at the beachfront garden of Taman Bhagawan in Tanjung Benoa. The festival will also feature various side events, such as exhibitions throughout the festival grounds, fun workshops, a kids green corners with environmental awareness highlights, and others.

Indonesian Independence Day

Date: 17 August 2014

This marks Indonesia's 69th year of independence. The day is celebrated on August 17, when red-and-white flags adorn the street sides and flag raising ceremonies take place at government offices and a major ceremony takes place in Jakarta, attended by the state head and officials. Households and communities throughout the archipelago also post flags and decorations at front of houses. Some communities also hold sack-run races and other revelries in the spirit of nationality. Check out your hotel's food and beverage highlights for some Independence Day promos and menu specials that usually feature national culinary delights.

Sanur Village Festival

Date: 20-24 August 2014
Location: Sanur Village, Sanur

The Sanur Village Festival attracts large numbers of international visitors to this small coastal village east of Denpasar. The organizers put in much communal effort to make the annual event bigger by the year and feature an array of water sports activities in its week-long agenda, celebrating its coastal heritage. This year's festival is slated to coincide with the APEC conferences, becoming a highlight for world delegates.

Legian Beach Festival

Date: 28-31 August 2014
Location: Jalan Pantai Legian, between Jalan Melasti and Jalan Padma

The Legian Beach Festival is slated to present its annual offering of surfing, swimming, dancing and Indonesian food festivities in its eighth year. The celebration aims to promote tourism to this area north of Kuta, inviting visitors to discover and learn about Indonesian culture, with a range of activities and performances of traditional dances and music with performers from all over Indonesia and Bali. There will also be fashion parades, surf exhibitions and mini pageants.

3rd Bali International Choir Festival 2014

Date: 25-31 August 2014

The third annual choir symposium and competition event organized by the Bandung Choral Society is slated for August this year. Last year, over a hundred choirs, several conductors, and clinicians gathered at the second annual event for a series of choir symposiums and competitions.

SEPTEMBER 2014

Tumpek Wayang

Date: 13 September 2014

Tumpek Wayang is a special day filled with blessings dedicated towards the traditional performing art form of shadow puppetry. Various offerings are made to the equipment and range of character puppets involved in the traditional theatrical art. Tumpek Wayang is one part in a series of Tumpek days for blessing different subjects. The others include Tumpek Kandang celebrated earlier in January, Tumpek Uduh for plants, Tumpek Landep for metal objects and tools, Tumpek Kuningan for ancestral spirits, and Tumpek Krulut for traditional gamelan music instruments – all which occur in a 210-day cycle on the Pawukon calendar.

OCTOBER 2014

Lovina Beach Festival

Date: TBA (October)

The Lovina Beach Festival takes place around the village of Kalibukbuk Beach in north Bali and is usually held in October. The festival highlights include a handicraft exhibition and an afternoon opening ceremony filled with a traditional Balinese marching band called Baleganjur and a towering fruit and flower offering or gebogan parade. Performing arts include the Gong Kebyar and Ki Barak Panji Sakti dance that hails from the North Bali region.

Kuta Karnival

Date: TBA

The Kuta Karnival started off in 2002 as a week filled with various events such as the Kuta Food Festival, a Paddle for Peace, various flags and banners on a 'sunset parade' and music and art festivities on the sand and at other venues in Kuta. The theme for each annual Kuta Karnival is different, but carrying on the notions of peace and togetherness. The Kuta Karnival was inspired as a 'community' and 'recovery' initiative of the Kuta Small Business Association (KSBA) for the island, supported by the local authorities and community representatives of Kuta, Legian and Seminyak. The festival was not held in 2013, due to the absence of a steering committee, and updates for the year's event are usually last minute.

Saraswati

Date: 4 October 2014

Bali and the Balinese celebrate Saraswati, a day devoted to the Goddess of Knowledge, Art and Literature - Dewi Saraswati. To mark this joyous day, books of knowledge, manuscripts and the Vedas are blessed and special offerings are made together with aspirations for knowledge and wisdom. The day is the first in a series of five important religious highlights. Saraswati falls on an Umanis Watugunung Saturday in the Balinese 210-day pawukon calendar, hence its celebrations twice in a Gregorian year.

Banyu Pinaruh

Date: 5 October 2014

Banyu Pinaruh is the immediate day after Saraswati, which falls on a Paing Sinta Sunday in the Balinese pawukon calendar. The morning typically sees Balinese Hindus heading to the nearest beaches either for weekend family leisure and cleansing or purification purposes

Soma Ribek

Date: 6 October 2014

Soma Ribek falls on a Pon Sinta Monday on the pawukon calendar and roughly means ‘rich Monday’. As Balinese culture is based on agrarian ways, the day signifies blessings for prosperity in the form of full harvests that fill the rice barns, symbolising affluence and sustenance.

Sabuh Mas

Date: 7 October 2014

Sabuh Mas is a day of wealth dedicated to precious stones and metals. Various rituals include the cleansing of items as well as blessings. It is also an opportunity among the Balinese to express their gratitude towards the Divinity for their worldly wealth and to remind that all can and will be separated by fate. The day falls on a Wage Sinta Tuesday on the Balinese pawukon calendar

Perang Tipat Bantal / Rice Cake Wars

Date: 8 October 2014
Location: Jalan Raya Kapal, Mengwi, Badung

This century-old tradition features the villagers of Kapal gathering in front of the village temple where prayers and blessings take place for the full moon of the fourth month in the Balinese calendar and proceed towards the foyer and streets where they divide into two groups armed with baskets of rice cakes called tipat bantal, later flinging their ammo at each other in a very rare and unique spectacle. The event signifies blessings and prosperity for the whole agrarian village. After the battles, the remainders are spread over rice fields.

Date: 8 October 2014
Location: Manukaya Village, Tampaksiring, Gianyar

The prominent temple complex of Tirta Empul, located in the district of Tampaksiring, serves as a legendary setting for a traditional tale of good versus evil and is a national cultural heritage site. The temple celebrates its piodalan temple anniversary every 'fourth full moon' known as Purnama Sasih Kapat on the traditional Balinese pawukon calendar, which coincides with 8 October this year. Read More...

Pagerwesi

Date: 8 October 2014

Pagerwesi is the concluding day for the ‘wealth’ series of celebrations that signifies spiritual ‘reinforcement’; its name, combining the words pager and wesi suggests ‘iron fence’ in English. Meaning that anything of high importance, or the soul and spirituality in this sense, should be protected from destructive influences. The day is the final significant highlight in the series, aiming to protect the blessed subjects of spiritual assets celebrated in the previous days.

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival

Date: 8-12 October 2014
Location: various venues, Ubud

The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival once again gathers speakers and writers from all over the world in its 11th year this month, comprising an agenda filled with special events, literary workshops, book launches, youth's programs, and community and arts highlights. 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. Other fringe events also usually take place in other places, such as in Denpasar, Seminyak and Jimbaran, and beyond Bali such as Makassar, West Java, Sumatera, Papua and Jakarta.

Date: 12-18 October 2014
Location: Cinema XXI Beachwalk, Kuta Beachwalk, Kuta (TBA)

The annual Balinale will be held 12-18 October this year with a series of workshops, film industry forums, free seminars and a list of screening showtimes at Bali's newest cinema. A great opportunity for movie buffs enjoying their time in Bali. Read More...

Tumpek Landep

Date: 18 October 2014

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, automobuiles 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.

NOVEMBER 2014

Tumpek Uduh

Date: 22 November 2014

Tumpek Uduh is a holy day dedicated to the blessings of plants, especially those that produce fruits and flowers. On this day households bless their gardens, farms and plantations for successful harvests in lead up to the Galungan celebrations three weeks ahead, which largely require the items for various temple offerings.

Nusa Dua Fiesta

Date: TBA (November)
Location: Bali Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC) complex, Nusa Dua

The Nusa Dua Fiesta is an annual festival that features a week of arts, culture, sports, music and exhibitions that take place in and around the peninsula in Nusa Dua. The opening day features various art competitions and exhibitions at the beach fronts of the hotels that line the Peninsula. The following days are also filled with diving tours, children's carnivals, charity gala dinners and various live modern and cultural entertainments for the public. This year's Fiesta will mark its 16th year of festivities.

DECEMBER 2014

Besakih Temple Piodalan Anniversary

Date: 2 December 2014
Location: Besakih Temple, Karangasem

Besakih Temple, also considered the 'mother temple' in Bali, celebrates its biannual piodalan temple anniversary, which coincides every Tuesday on a Kliwon Julungwangi cycle on the Balinese 210-day pawukon calendar. Pilgrims from all over the island flock to the temple for prayers, providing a unique sight to see on this sacred sanctuary at the foot of Mount Agung, the island's highest peak.

Date: 2 December 2014
Location: Beratan lakeside, Candikuning, Bedugul, Tabanan

Among the island's most iconic temples, this lakeside temple celebrates its biannual piodalan temple anniversary, which coincides each Kliwon Julungwangi Tuesday on the traditional Balinese pawukon calendar. Pilgrims from the adjacent villages attend to prayers at the temple. Read More...

Penampahan Galungan

Date: 16 December 2014

Galungan eve sees all Balinese households busy preparing for the following day, by decorating curved bamboo poles with elements of harvests and natural items, such as rice, fruit, coconuts, and leaves. These penjor poles symbolize the blessing by Mother Nature. When complete, these ornamental bamboo poles provide a unique sight, lining every road throughout Bali. The day also features spit-roasted pigs in Banjar communal halls, and traditional food prepared for the whole village to share.

Galungan

Date: 17 December 2014

The day that commemorates the legendary battle of good versus evil, or the triumph of the spread of Hinduism in Bali. Offerings and prayers take place at family shrines and village temples.

Umanis Galungan

Date: 18 December 2014

The day after Galungan sees typically extended Balinese families visiting each other, as well as making short holiday trips with the whole family.

Batukaru Temple Piodalan Anniversary

Date: 18 December 2014

Batukaru Temple celebrates its biannual piodalan temple anniversary, which coincides each Thursday after the Galungan celebrations. Pilgrims from the adjacent villages in Wangaya Gede and all over the island flock to this mountain temple for prayers.

Christmas

Date: 25 December 2014

Although a predominantly Hindu island, Bali has communities of other religions. During Christmas time, Christian Balinese gather in their masses to unique churches that blend traditional Balinese architectural features. Among the most notable Balinese Protestant and Catholic communities are located in the villages of Palasari and Blimbingsari in West Bali. There are also other notable churches and cathedrals around the Denpasar area.

Date: 27 December 2014
Location: Island-wide and Sakenan Temple, Serangan Island, South Denpasar

Kuningan Day roughly takes place 10 days after the Galungan celebrations. Offerings and prayers are conducted at temples and shrines before noon. One of the island's most notable temples is Sakenan on Serangan Island, which coincidentally celebrates its piodalan temple anniversary around the day of Kuningan with a series of festivities, sacred dances and flows of pilgrims from all over during its three-day celebrations. Read More...

Mekotekan Rituals

Date: 27 December 2014
Location: Munggu Village, Mengwi district, Badung

This age-old tradition coincides with the day of Kuningan and features the whole male villagers of Munggu joining in brandishing long stiff bamboo poles onto the streets. Over a thousand jovial participants and curious onlookers flock to the village streets, reenacting the triumphant battles of the Blambangan war. Each of the pole ends are combined in mid-air forming a dynamic pyramid where to friendly opponents climb up this mountain and face-off at the peak.

Date: 31 December 2014

Tanah Lot Temple, one of the most significant sea temples on the island, celebrates its biannual ‘piodalan’ temple anniversary, which coincides every Wednesday on a Langkir cycle on the Balinese 210-day Pawukon calendar. Pilgrims from the adjacent villages and all over the island flock to the temple for prayers, providing a unique sight to see on this sacred offshore sanctuary with its famous sunset backdrops. Read More...

New Year 2015 Countdown

Date: 31 December 2014
Location: various venues, island-wide

New Year's Eve in Bali is dominated by the partying scenes at various nightspots and public spaces all across the island, with fireworks in constant launches. For a more private and intimate celebration, check out your hotel's or favourite restaurant's New Year's Eve dinner programs.

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