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Bali Spirit Festival

Bali Spirit Festival

The BaliSpirit Festival summons yoga enthusiasts, dancers, musicians and spirituality seekers from all corners of the globe, joining together...

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Ngembak Geni

Ngembak Geni

The day after Nyepi is referred to by the Balinese as Ngembak Geni. On this day, the Hindus go around their towns or villages and ask for forgiveness...

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Mekotekan Ritual

Mekotekan Ritual

29 February 2020 Munggu Village, Mengwi This unique ritual falls on the same day as Kuningan and takes place in the village of Munggu in Mengwi and is a fantastic opportunity to stand witness to an age-old tradition dating back to the 17th century. Males of the village will reenact the victorious battles of the...

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Kuningan

Kuningan

29 February 2020 Kuningan is derived from the word “kuning”, which means yellow. It is the final day of a long series of ceremonies and prayers conducted for the Galungan celebrations. The Balinese believe that on this day, their ancestors return to heaven after visiting earth in the days surrounding Galungan. As a symbol of...

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Ngerebong

Ngerebong

27 February 2020 Pengerebongan Temple, Denpasar  The Ngerebong ritual is a sacred tradition involving mass trance held eight days after the Kuningan celebrations.  During this ritual, male participants stab themselves with the traditional weapon, kris, without sustaining any injuries. On this day sacred effigies from various temples in Kesiman and nearby villages will be taken...

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Hari Raya Galungan

Hari Raya Galungan

19 February 2020 The climax of the Galungan holiday celebrations will ensure most Balinese returning to their ancestral homes to make offerings to God and their ancestors who return at this time to rest at the family temples. Prayers and giving of offerings continue at the village temple as well as homes of neighbouring families...

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Penampahan Galungan

Penampahan Galungan

18 February 2020 As Galungan – also known as the Balinese New Year – approaches, the Balinese are kept busy with a string of events and ceremonies that take place before the big day. Penampahan, which means “slaughter” in Balinese is the final day of preparations before the actual Galungan day (see below) where adults...

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