Bali Calendar Event 2016

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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!

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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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.

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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.

Pulau Dewata Dinobatkan Sebagai Pulau Terbaik Kedua di Dunia [2015]

Pulau Bali, pulau kecil yang ada di kepulauan Indonesia yang kita cintai ini kembali dinobatkan sebagai pulau terbaik kedua di dunia dan terbaik pertama di Asia mengalahkan pulau-pulau yang indah dan cantik di seluruh dunia versi majalah Travel+Leisure (2015), kita tentu sangat bangga dengan kepercayaan yang masih di berikan oleh masyarakat dunia kepada pulau Bali terhadap keindahan alam, keunikan budaya dan keramah-tamahan orang nya, Indonesia adalah negara kepulauan yang mempunyai pulau terbanyak di dunia, masih banyak pulau-pulau yang cantik dan indah yang dimiliki oleh Indonesia selain pulau Bali, hanya saja mereka belum mengetahuinya.

Urutan peringkat pulau terbaik didunia :
  • Gal√°pagos Islands - Equador (score: 90.82)
  • Bali - Indonesia (score: 88.98)
  • Maldives (score: 88.53)
  • Tasmania - Australia (score: 88.32)
  • Santorini - Yunani (score: 87.93)
  • Moorea - French Polynesia (score: 87.90)
  • Maui - Hawaii (score: 87.89)
  • Kauai - Hawaii (score: 87.88)
  • Great Barrier Reef - Australia (score: 87.31)
  • Malta (score: 86.90)
Untuk peringkat pulau terbaik di Asia
  • Bali - Indonesia (score: 88.98)
  • Maldives (score: 88.53)
  • Phuket - Thailand (score: 79.22)

Sebatu and Beyond Event 2015

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Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple, locally just below of Puri Gangga Resort referred to as Pura Tirta Dawa Gunung Kawi Sebatu, is a special find for visitors to Central Bali. It is one of the least visited temple complexes on the island Bali, yet is one of the most beautiful and tranquil. It features verdant gardens around ponds filled with carp and blooming lotuses, and ancient shrines surrounded by crystal clear pools fed by natural springs.

But before reaching the northwest corner where Taman Suci and the main Gunung Kawi Sebatu temple grounds are located, you will have to don the customary sash around your waist which you can borrow at the ticket booth. A few steps along the cobble path you will instantly enjoy a full water garden, a large pool where golden carp are kept. A figure of the goddess Sarasvati is its centrepiece, together with a 'floating' Wantilan hall from which you can feed the fish. Beside the pool there are two walled bathing sections that the locals and pilgrims to Gunung Kawi Sebatu actually use for bathing. A sign clearly reads in English and Indonesian that photography in these quarters is forbidden - obviously! Towards the north and after a green lawn are the 'candi bentar' temple gates that lead to the elevated main temple grounds. You will be able to see a few animals kept within the complex, such as roaming free packs of tame fowl, juvenile deer and rare chicken breeds, which all add life to the otherwise inanimate statues and towering temple structures.

Gunung Kawi Sebatu celebrates its piodalan temple anniversary every first full moon of the Balinese calendar, also referred to by the locals as 'Purnama Sasih Kasa'. It offers a greater opportunity to witness the colourful festivities that take place at the temple, as well as the lively flow of Balinese Hindu pilgrims from all over the island.

Corresponding future dates for the main temple anniversary:
19 July 2016
08 July 2017
28 June 2018
16 July 2019

Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple is often an included highlight on tour itineraries to the island's culturally rich central region, but is not to be confused with another similarly named temple (and slightly more popular), known simply as 'Gunung Kawi', located in the neighbouring area of Tampaksiring, two kilometres south of the Tirta Empul Temple complex, and only 15 minutes' drive up from the Tegallalang rice terraces scenic outlook.

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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 October this year.