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Perang Pandan War Dance or “Merkare-kare”

Perang Pandan War Dance or “Merkare-kare”

Tenganan, Karangasem 22nd July 2016 A mass coming-of-age ritual, Perang Pandan, which is also known as “Mekare-kare” and “Megeret Pandan”, is a unique age-old-tradition for the village of Tenganan in Karangasem, East Bali. Dedicated to Lord Indra, the Hindu God of war and sky, friendly duels between bare-breasted male villagers are held on this day,...

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Tumpek Landep

Tumpek Landep

9th July 2016 Tumpek Landep is a holy day that is dedicated to metal items, most commonly automobiles, motorcycles and other transportations used daily by the Balinese. Other items include heirlooms, weaponry, and any other objects that contain metal; all are blessed with prayers and offerings in the hopes that these items will keep the...

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Pagerwesi

Pagerwesi

June 29 The word Pagerwesi is derived from two Javanese words – pager (fence) and wesi (iron). Celebrated in honour of Lord Siva only days after Saraswati Day, these two celebrations are closely related to one another as it is believed that knowledge must be protected from bad influences and misuse as the iron fence...

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Saraswati & Banyu Pinaruh

Saraswati & Banyu Pinaruh

June 26 Saraswati is a traditional Balinese holiday that celebrates knowledge through the Goddess Saraswati, a symbol of knowledge, arts, wisdom and learning.  On Saraswati day, offerings and prayers are presented in temples, homes, schools, offices as well as to books and sacred texts, which are regarded as sources of knowledge. Held once every 210...

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Bali & Beyond Travel Fair

Bali & Beyond Travel Fair

June 22 – June 26 Taking place at the secure and modern Nusa Dua Convention Centre in idyllic Nusa Dua, the Bali & Beyond Travel Fair is a showcase of Indonesia’s archipelago with Bali as its gateway. The exhibition brings exhibitors and buyers together from around the world in a single forum with the main...

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International Day of Yoga

International Day of Yoga

June 21 Celebrated annually on June 21, Yoga Day was internationally and officially recognized by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on December 11, 2014. The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his UN Address suggested the date of June 21, as it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and...

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The 38th Annual Bali Arts Festival

The 38th Annual Bali Arts Festival

June 11 – July 9 Now in its 38th year, this annual event takes place on the second Saturday of June to the second Saturday of July, with this year’s theme being “Karang Awak: Mencintai Tanah Kelahiran”.  Hundreds of artisans from Denpasar and Bali’s eight provinces, neighbouring islands and even international art troupes will be...

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Tumpek Wayang

Tumpek Wayang

June 4 This unique ceremony is held to thank the Gods for the creation of arts and all forms of creative expressions related to the arts. On this day, offerings and prayers are presented to musical instruments, shadow puppets and the Barongs. Those who own shadow puppets will also perform a special ceremony accompanied by...

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Ubud Food Festival

Ubud Food Festival

27 – 29 May 2016 To held in Bali's cultural heartland of Ubud , this festival sees its second year running as an exciting three-day culinary extravaganza. 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...

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The 1st Bali International Dragon Boat Race and Festival

The 1st Bali International Dragon Boat Race and Festival

26 – 29 May 2016 The first Bali International Dragon Boat Race and Festival (Bali IDBFest) will hit one of Bali's iconic caldera lake in May this year. The racing day events will feature racing classes under the Indonesian Canoe and Rowing Association (PODSI) and the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF).

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