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BALI EVENTS

Bali Events

Latest Bali Events

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
Mekotekan
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
Makepug
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.


Ubud Village Jazz Festival 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.

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

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.