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JANUARY 2017

Saraswati

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Date: 21 January 2017

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

Banyu Pinaruh

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Date: 22 January 2017

Banyu Pinaruh is the immediate day after Saraswati, which falls on a Paing Sinta Sunday on 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

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Date: 23 January 2017

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

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Date: 24 January 2017

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

Pagerwesi

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Date: 25 January 2017

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.

FEBRUARY 2017

Tumpek Landep

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Date: 4 February 2017

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.

MARCH 2017

Tumpek Uduh

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Date: 11 March 2017

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.

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Date: 19-26 March, 2017
Location: Bali Spirit, Jl. Hanoman, Ubud

Bali Spirit Festival 2017 will see its 10th annual running this nmonth, once again gathering like-minded yoga instructors and practitioners of all different levels from Bali and around the world. The festival is also a celebration of east and west through world arts, dance and music through colourful concerts and performances. A packed agenda features numerous health and wellbeing workshops held in various yoga centres in Ubud and around Bali. Read More...

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Date: 21 March 2017
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...

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Date: 21 March 2017
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. Read More...

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Date: 25 March 2017
Location: coasts of Kuta, Sanur and elsewhere in Bali

The Melasti processions take place approximately three days prior to the Saka New Year, when pilgrims take heirlooms in long walks from temples towards the coastlines where purification rites take place. Parasols, banners and small effigies paraded along the horizon make for a stunning and only-in-Bali scene. Read More...

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Date: 27 March 2017

The eve of the Saka New Year is a storm before the silent, as all the celebrative commotion takes place in the afternoon, and grotesque ogoh-ogoh papier-mâché effigies are paraded throughout the streets in Bali. The evening features lit fire torches, and sometimes firecrackers as well, meant to rid the land of malevolent forces, to prepare for the subsequent silent and contemplative day that is Nyepi. Read More...

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Date: 28 March 2017

Nyepi is ultimately the quietest day in Bali. This day marks Bali's lunar new year based on the Saka calendar which is 77-78 years behind the Gregorian. Read More...

Ngembak Geni, Day after Nyepi

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Date: 29 March 2017

The silence of the Saka New Year celebration ‘breaks’ as the morning does at 06:00; the day is a local holiday in Bali and families visit each other as it is a time for gatherings and short travels.

Omed-Omedan, 'festival of splashes and smooches'

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Date: 29 March 2017
Location:
Banjar Kaja, Sesetan village, Denpasar

Omed-Omedan is a traditional festivity restricted to the village of Sesetan. It is held on the day after Nyepi (Day of Silence and Seclusion), when the youth and whole sub-village of Banjar Kaja Sesetan take to the street where water is splashed and sprayed, and the highlight being two sides of the crowd in a tug-o-war-like scene with a pair in the middle ‘forced’ to smooch at each interval.

APRIL 2017

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Date: 4-6 April 2017

Galungan is when Balinese Hindus commemorate 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 on April 5. The eve, April 4, sees all Balinese households busy in preparations, by decorating curved bamboo poles with elements of harvests and natural produce, such as rice, fruit, coconuts, and leaves. These 'penjor' poles symbolize blessing by Mother Nature. These ornamental bamboo poles provide a unique sight, lining every road throughout Bali. The following day, Umanis Galungan, is a day for friendly visits to neighbours and relatives. Read More...

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Date: 6 April 2017

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. Read More...

Purnama Kedasa - The 10th Full Moon

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Date: 11 April 2017
Location: major temples island-wide 

This special full moon is considered highly significant amongst Balinese Hindus. Known as 'Purnama Kedasa' in the local tongue, the day coincides with many major temples celebrating in festive rituals, attended by thousands of devotees. The famous mother temple, Besakih, holds a special ceremony known as 'Betara Turun Kabeh' on this special day, inviting the gods and deified ancestors for their blessings. A 'melasti' or purification pilgrimage usually takes place on the preceding Sunday, with processions carrying helrilooms and temple objects to sanctified water sources. 

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Date: 15 April 2017

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

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Date: 15 April 2017
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.

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Date: 25 April 2017

Location: Uluwatu Temple, Uluwatu

This day coincides with a Kliwon Medangsia Tuesday on the Balinese pawukon calendar, which is also the 'piodalan' anniversary of one of Bali's famous sea temples, Uluwatu. The temple is most decorated on this day, and has local Balinese Hindu pilgrims from all around the island attending in their temple attire.  Read More...

MAY 2017

Vesak, Buddhist Year 2561

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Date: 11 May 2017
Location(s):
Vihara Amurva Bumi, Blahbatuh, Gianyar
Vihara 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.

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Date: 12-14 May 2017
Location: Ubud

This festival sees its second year running as an exciting three-day culinary extravaganza, to be held in Bali's cultural heartland of Ubud. The festival follows the success of The Kitchen programs at the previous two year's Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, which led to the organizers and committee to come up with this sibling festival driven by the passion to share the rich heritage of Indonesian cuisine to the world. The festival will feature local and international chefs from across the archipelago.  Read More...

Bali Blues Festival 2017

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Date: 26-27 May 2017
Location: Peninsula Island, Nusa Dua

The Bali Blues Festival is a standalone part of the annual Nusa Dua Fiesta's agenda, and this year will feature great local and national jazz and blues bands. Among them are Gugun Blues Shelter (featuring Indonesian Jazz musician Indra Lesmana), The Six Strings, Krakatau Reunion, Balinese band Cazy Horse, Balinese tapping guitarist Wayan Balawan, and Indonesian musician Gilang Ramadhan.

JUNE 2017

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Date: 10 June - 8 July, 2017 (tentative)

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...

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Date: 13 June and 11 July, 2017 (tentative)
Location: Tenganan Pegringsingan, Karangasem, East Bali

The age-old traditions of the Tenganan Dauh Tukad village in Karangasem include the ritual blood sport called perang pandan or 'thorny pandan-leaf battles', which is also a coming-of-age rite among village youths coinciding with the village's annual Ngusaba Desa ceremonies. The remote village of Tenganan Dauh Tukad is located an approximate 78km east of Denpasar. The highlight is when bare-breasted village boys take turns in deueling armed only with rattan shields and a tied packet of thorny pandanus as weapons. Read More...

Tumpek Kandang

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Date: 24 June 2017

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.

JULY 2017

6th Bali International Choir Festival 2017

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Date: 14-20 July 2017

The fourth annual choir symposium and competition event organized by the Bandung Choral Society is slated for the end of July through early 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.

Tumpek Wayang

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Date: 29 July 2017

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.

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Date: July - October 2017
Location:Padanggalak Beach, Sanur

The Bali Kite Festival is slated for its 38th 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 even until October. The agrarian background of the Balinese largely contributes to this kite-flying tradition, when these months usually provide open fields after harvests. Check out our page Read More...

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Dates: July - November 2017
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 2017

Ubud Village Jazz Festival 2017

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Date: 11-12 August 2017
Location: ARMA Museum Ubud, Jalan Raya Pengosekan, Ubud

The Ubud Village Jazz Festival returns mid-August this year, once again bringing together a lineup of various Jazz artists from Indonesia and all over the globe. This year's community Jazz concert carries the theme, 'Embracing Uniqueness' and among the notable artists slated to perform this year include the East West European Jazz Ensemble featuring Gregory Gaynair from Germany, Peter Bernstein from USA, Piotr Orzechowski from Poland, Youn Woo Park Trio from South Korea, and a big lineup of Indonesian performers such as The Daunas, Arman & Penina, Bali Gypsy Fire and Mia Samira. The festival will once again take place on an open stage at the ARMA Museum in Ubud. For ticket inquiries, contact main promoter ANTIDA Music Productions, at +62 (0)812 3637 1982.

Jazz Market by the Sea 2017

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Date: 18-20 August 2017 (tentative)
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. Now in its 6th consecutive year, the festival will feature top Indonesian Jazz artists and performers. Last year's featured Raisa, Tohpati Bertiga, Kunto Aji, Balawan & Maestro, Dialog Dini Hari, Rio Sidik, Jampiro and many others. Head to the venue 14:00-23:00 daily during the three-day event and enjoy side events such as a Culinary Journey celebrating Indonesian cuisine through culinary workshops and traditional cooking presentations. Bring the kids who can enjoy a host of fun activities such as face painting, ocean races, mermaid shows, bouncy castles and more.

Indonesian Independence Day

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Date: 17 August 2017

This marks Indonesia's 72nd 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.

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Date: 23-27 August 2017 (tentative)
Location: Sanur Village, Sanur

Marking its 12th annual festivity this year, 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 feature a SanurRun, a Sanur Creative Expo, Agro tourism Expo, music performances and art, and a highly anticipated cultural street parade. There will also be a culinary festival featuring heritage cuisine, as well as fruit and ice carving. Read More...

Legian Beach Festival

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Date: 25-28 August 2017 (tentative)
Location: Jalan Pantai Legian, between Jalan Melasti and Jalan Padma

This year's 'Lively Legian Beach Festival' is held near the end of August, presenting an annual offering of fun activities, day and night. The festival will be set along the 700m long Legian beachfront, starting from the beach in front of The Stones Hotel and all up towards the Padma Resort. This year's event is organized by the Legian village community and is supported by the Indonesian Tourism Board, and will feature various games, competitions, exhibitions and bazaars over the course of four days.

The 6th Maybank Marathon 2017

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Date: 27 August 2017 (tentative)
Location: Keramas, Gianyar

The annual Maybank Marathon returns to the flat road and rolling hill course that traverses several villages within the Gianyar regency in East Bali. The marathon's race day is slated for Sunday, 27 August, and comprises several categories, namely: a Full Marathon (42.195Km), a half marathon (21.0975Km), a 10K, and a fun sprint category for kids. The course chiefly runs through the main bypass road of Jalan Ida Bagus Mantra, traversing the villages of Saba, Pering, Belega and Bona, then back down via the villages of Keramas and Medahan.

SEPTEMBER 2017

Lovina Beach Festival

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Date: 9-13 September 2017 (tentative)

The Lovina Beach Festival takes place around the village of Kalibukbuk Beach in north Bali and is usually held around September or 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.

Bali International Triathlon

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Date: 17 September 2017
Location: Sanur

The prestigious triathlon is back in its ninth year this year, but will feature a new course, starting and finishing in Sanur. The race is slated to once again feature an Olympic Distance Course with male and female divisions, a Sprint Distance Course and a 5k Fun Run.

The 11th Annual Balinale

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Date: 24-30 September 2017
Location: Cinemaxx Lippo Mall Bali, Jalan Kartika Plaza, Kuta

Bali International Film Festival, also known and registered as Balinale, is recognized internationally for the diversity of its programming consisting of Indonesian and international independent and award winning fiction, documentary, feature and short films. With its 2017 theme of, "connecting communities through the world of film," this year's Balinale is slated to present a program of films that project visions and dreams in a positive way, enabling greater exposure, tolerance and acceptance of countries and cultures. The main screenings of Balinale 2017 is at the Cinemaxx movie theatre, at the Lippo Mall Kuta

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Date: 29-30 September 2017 (tentative)
Location: Potato Head Beach Club Bali, Petitenget, Seminyak

Ultra Beach aka the Bali leg of the world-renowned electronic music festival, Ultra Music Festival, is slated to rock the Petitenget beachfront of Potato Head Beach Club Bali at the end of September. The two-day festival in Bali this month follows on after Japan, and will continue the following months in Ibiza, Chile and Brazil. Read More...

OCTOBER 2017

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Date: 5 October 2017
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 5 October this year. Read More...

Perang Tipat Bantal / Rice Cake Wars

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Date: 5 October 2017
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.

Bali Vegan Festival 2017

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Date: 6-8 October 2017
Location: Paradiso Ubud, Jalan Goutama Selatan, Ubud

The second annual Bali Vegan Festival will be held in Ubud, featuring a three-day gathering with live bands, yoga workshops, eye-opening lectures, the world's best vegan food and everything vegans and health conscious people love. The festival will be held over two areas - the Paradiso Ubud indoor theater and at an outdoor space in the middle of rice paddies with activities, workshops and live music. Head there for their Friday opening party, welcoming not only vegans, but all who love eating healthy, doing yoga, dancing, and celebrating life.

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival

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Date: 25-29 October 2017
Location: various venues, Ubud

The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival once again gathers speakers and writers from all over the world in its 13th 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.

NOVEMBER 2017

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Date: 1-2 November 2017

The second Galungan occurrence this year, the major local holiday is when Balinese Hindus commemorate 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 on 1 November. However, the eve on 31 October sees all Balinese households already busy in preparations, by decorating curved bamboo poles with elements of harvests and natural produce, such as rice, fruit, coconuts, and leaves. These 'penjor' poles symbolize blessing by Mother Nature. These ornamental bamboo poles provide a unique sight, lining every road throughout Bali. The following day, Umanis Galungan, is Read More...

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Date: 2 November 2017

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. Read More...

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Date: 11 November 2017
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

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Date: 11 November 2017
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.

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Date: 15 November 2017

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...

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Date: 15-19 November 2017
Location: Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) 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 21st year running. Read More...

DECEMBER 2017

Bali Beach Run 2017

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Date: 10 December 2017 (tentative)
Location: Petitenget Beach, Seminyak

The Bali Beach Run returns in December with a new route, and an emphasis on a 'Fun Run' aspect, without the use of timing chips like in its previous years. Runners will leave the starting line at Petitenget Beach at 06:00 sharp, then run southwards along the coast before turning back towards Petitenget, depending on running category. Categories are: 2.5km family run, 5km fun run, and a full 10km run. Now in its third year, Bali Beach Run expects up to 5,000 participants, a large bump from 1,500 in its inaugural year in 2013. Registrations are open until 8 December. For more information, check out www.balibeachrun.com

Christmas

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Date: 25 December 2017

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.

New Year 2018 Countdown

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Date: 31 December 2017
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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