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19-26 March 2017
Bali Spirit Festival 2017
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.

21 March 2017
Ulun Danu Beratan Temple Piodalan Anniversary
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.

21 March 2017
Besakih Temple Piodalan Anniversary
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.

25 March 2017
Melasti Pilgrimages
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.


27 March 2017
Pengerupukan, New Year's Eve of the Saka Calendar
  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.

28 March 2017
Nyepi Day of Silence and Seclusion, Saka New Year 1939
  Nyepi Day in Bali is a New Year celebration unlike anywhere else on the planet. Bali’s celebrates the Saka New Year as the Bali Day of Silence, an ultimately quietest day of the year, when all of the island's inhabitants abide by a set of local rules, which brings all routine activities to a complete halt. Roads all over Bali are void of any traffic and nobody steps outside of their home premises.

29 March 2017
Ngembak Geni, day after Nyepi
  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.

29 March 2017
Omed – Omedan, Festival of splashes and smooches
  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.

04 April 2017
Penampahan Galungan
  Penampahan Galungan derived from the Balinese word tampah which means '(to) kill, slaughter'. The killing of animals in this respect is symbolic for killing 'the animal inside yourself' - the victory of the higher self over the ego in their struggle for control of the inner power of the individual; implicity this symbolizes the victory of dharma over adharma.

05 April 2017
Galungan Day
  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.

06 April 2017
Umanis Galungan
  Umanis Galungan is A day after Galungan, the day is a local holiday in Bali and families visit each other as it is a time for gatherings and short travels.

11 April 2017
Purnama Kedasa
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.

15 April 2017
Kuningan Day
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.

15 April 2017
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.

11 May 2017
Vessak Buddhist Year 2017
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.

12-14 May 2017
Ubud Food Festival
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.

26-27 May 2017
Bali Blues Festival
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.

10 June - 08 July 2017
The 37th Annual Bali Arts Festival
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.

13 June 2017
Perang Pandan Or Mekare – kare
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.

24 June 2017
Tumpek Kandang
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.

14 – 20 July 2017
6th Bali International Choir Festival 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.

29 July 2017
Tumpek Wayang
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.

July – October 2017
The 38th Annual Bali Kites Festival(s) 2017
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.

July – November 2017
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.

11-12 August 2017
Ubud Village Jazz Festival 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.

17 August 2017
Indonesian Independence Day
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.

18 – 20 August 2017
Jazz Market by the Sea 2017
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.

23-27 August 2017
Sanur Village Festival
Location: Sanur Village, Sanur
Sanur Village Festival returns in its 12-year celebration this August 26-30 (tentative), bringing back an anticipated week filled with numerous arts, cultural, food, water sports and environmental-awareness events to the shores of Bali’s otherwise tranquil sunrise coast. With festivities mainly focused in the Maisonette area of the legendary Inna Grand Bali Beach Hotel, the committee of this year’s festival promises to continue on the typical highlights of the previous festivals, with new added activities at various venues around Sanur.
This year’s theme, the Sanur Village Festival highlights a bazaar and food festival, fashion shows, expos, tours, culinary challenges, Yoga, sports activities and environmental awareness programs, and it will also highlight an international kite festival, an exotic jukung festival and a Sanur Run.

25-28 August 2017
Legian Beach Festival
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.

9-13 September 2017
Lovina Beach Festival
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.

17 September 2017
Bali International Triathlon
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.

24-30 September 2017
The 11th Annual Balinale
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.

29-30 September 2017 (tentative)
Ultra Beach Bali 2017
Location: Potato Head Beach Club Bali, Petitenget, Seminyak
Ultra Beach Bali returns to the beachside venue of Potato Head Beach Club in Seminyak, and adjoins the Resistance World Tour, right after Singapore and before heading off to the Philippines. The Bali leg of the Ultra Worldwide Asian calendar is set to bring together electronic digital music enthusiasts and partygoers again this September 15-16, with another live show to remember. Its bumper line-up of big-name EDM DJs includes Afrojack and deadmau5.

5 October 2017
Tirta Empul Temple Piodalan Anniversary
Location: Manukaya Village, Tampaksiring, Gianyar
Tirta Empul is an important temple complex and holy mountain spring, located in the village of Manukaya in central Bali. The site serves as a legendary setting of a traditional tale about good versus evil. It is also a national cultural heritage site. The complex, built circa 960 AD, is also a silent witness to the old Balinese kingdom years, particularly at the time of the Warmadewa Dynasty. Another nearby and prominent site on top of a hill is the presidential palace, Istana Tampaksiring, built during the years of the nation’s first president, Soekarno.
Tirta Empul, meaning ‘holy water spring’ is actually the name of a water source located within the temple. The spring feeds various purification baths, pools and fish ponds surrounding the outer perimeter, which all flow to the Tukad Pakerisan River. Various sites throughout the region and many other archaeological relics relate to local myths and legends.

5 October 2017
Perang Tipat Bantal / Rice Cake Wars
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.

6-8 October 2017
Bali Vegan Festival 2017
Location: Paradiso Ubud, Jalan Goutama Selatan, Ubud
This three-day festival will be held at Down to Earth Paradiso and Taksu, welcoming vegans and the vegan-curious. The community-minded festival will celebrate all things cruelty free and aims to unite the community and spread a message of kindness, compassion and love for animals and the earth. The festival unites world-class vegan chefs, yoga teachers, healers, musicians, comedians, environmentalists and vegan lifestyle enthusiasts from all walks of life and all across the globe. Simply come and share your knowledge and appreciation for health-oriented food and lifestyle choices with the rest of the community.

25-29 October 2017
Ubud Writers & Readers Festival
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.

31 October 2017
Penampahan Galungan
The day before Galungan is called Penampahan – a Balinese word which means slaughter. Some people usually slaughter pigs and chickens as a symbol of laziness and other bad habits and use the meats for offerings given to the evil entities so that they won’t annoy the harmony of the universe. The killing of animals in this respect is symbolic for killing ‘the animal inside yourself’ – the victory of the higher self over the ego in their struggle for control of the inner power of the individual; implicitly this symbolizes the victory of dharma (good) over adharma (bad).
On this day, people also should make ‘penjor‘, a bamboo pole beautifully decorated by young coconut leaves and various ornaments. These penjor are a type of offering with which people express their gratitude for the prosperity of the earth that is bestowed on them. It is put up in front of every house and building, symbolizing the great Mount Agung, and the presence of God Almighty.

01 November 2017
The Balinese celebrate the day of Galungan, which commemorates the triumph of Dharma over Adharma, or good against evil, this April 4 to 6. Second in significance after the Nyepi or Saka New Year, this observance comes twice a Gregorian year, as the Balinese use a 210-day calendar system known as the Pawukon that is the basis for their daily rituals, temple anniversaries and holidays.

02 November 2017
Umanis Galungan
Manis Galungan (Wrespati Umanis Galungan) (1 day after Galungan), on this day, Balinese Hindu communities usually visit their relatives, friends and neighbors. They forgive each other and remain together. It is also a day to relax and visit places of interest, after the long days of preparations for the celebration

11 November 2017
Kuningan Day
Kuningan Day is another biggest holiday for Balinese Hindu which is usually commemorated every 6 months after Galungan Day. Kuningan Day is commemorate every Saturday, Wuku Kuningan and Balinese Hindu does the ceremony in their own family temple and other temples around the village.
Worshippers express their gratitude through prayer and offerings to the trinity of Gods for the ultimate gift of life. At Kuningan the arched bamboo poles referred to as as penjor, which are erected in front of each Balinese home compound during the religious festivities, are redecorated. White cloth is replaced with yellow cloth at the base of the penjor’s temporary shrine as an indication of prosperity. All ceremonial tokens of appreciation must be performed before 12 noon to farewell the spirits as they depart the physical world and disappear into the unseen.

11 November 2017
Mekotekan Rituals
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.

15-19 November 2017
Nusa Dua Fiesta
Location: Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) complex, Nusa Dua
Nusa Dua Fiesta 2017 brings back the fun and colourful week of arts exhibitions, cultural performances and sporting events to its namesake luxury beach resort area on Bali’s southeast coast.
This year’s Nusa Dua Fiesta kicks off on Wednesday, November 15 with an evening opening ceremony at Nusa Dua’s landmark peninsular area. Earlier in the morning you can admire various handicrafts on display here, as well as unique bonsais and an antique automobile show. In the afternoon, the streets come alive with parades featuring vivid floats from all of the five-star resorts in Nusa Dua’s ITDC complex.

10 December 2017 (tentative)
Bali Beach Run 2017
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.

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.

31 December 2017
New Year 2018 Countdown
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.