Bali Calendar Event 2016
Bali calendar of events feature a full list of festivities and colours, owing much to the culture and traditions of the Balinese. Here, a special calendar system that rotates every 210 days, called the pawukon, governs the daily chores, elaborate rites of passage a Balinese goes through throughout their entire lives, and small to grand temple anniversaries.
Also a rare sight is the Saka New Year celebrations, which is based on another different calendar. This turn of the year is celebrated in total silence throughout the island, and whole Bali literally shuts down into total silence. Many other cultural events and highlights are also part of the Bali experience. Check out our Bali events calendar to see if one coincides with your Bali holiday itineraries!
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.
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
The quiet day after Melasti welcomes the beginning of the lunar year with a silent vigil to fool the spirits. Bali's airport is closed on Nyepi.
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.
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.
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. Runs between June and July and celebrates the arts and culture of Bali.
A fun event seeing lots of kite flying throughout the day, and a real boon for tourists who want to get a unique glimpse of another side of Bali.
- Bali Kite Festival: 3-5 July, Padanggalak Beach, Sanur
- Gianyar Kite Competition: 31 July-2 August (tentatively 8-9 August), Padanggalak Beach, Sanur
- Denpasar Kite Competition: 7-9 August, Padanggalak Beach, Sanur
- Biaung Kite Competition: 14-15 August, Padanggalak Beach, Sanur
- Tanjung Kite Competition: 21-23 August, Mertasari Beach, Sanur
- Sanur Village Festival Kite Competition: 28-30 August, Mertasari Beach, Sanur
- Penatih Kite Competition: 4-6 September, Penatih, Denpasar
- Ungasan Kite Competition: 11-13 September, Ungasan, Bukit Peninsula
- Tabanan Kite Competition: 18-20 September, Tabanan
- Belega Kite Competition: 18-20 September, Belega, Gianyar
- Bekul Kite Competition: 2-4 October, Padanggalak Beach, Sanur
- Kukuh Kite Competition: 16-18 October, Marga, Tabanan
- International Bali Kite Festival: 23-25 October, Padanggalak Beach, Sanur
The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival once again gathers speakers and writers from all over the world in its 12th year this year, comprising an agenda filled with special events, literary workshops, book launches, youth's programs, and community and arts highlights. Ubud Writers and Readers Festival - goes off for five days every year in October and sees dozens of writers from several countries gather, culminating in one of the best events of its type in the country.
A major event on the island, and in Indonesia as a whole, with performers from all over the world playing out to crowds over a period of three days.