In Bali there is festival every day. The Balinese year is 210 days long and divided into six months of 35 days and 30 weeks. Most festival adheres to this calendar, so it is worth getting hold of one to know when things are happening.If you establish a good relationship with your hotel or villa staff or local Balinese people, they may invite you to their family home in their village, so you can see the true of Balinese activities festival. And this can be a wonderful experience as you will be treated almost like royalty.Below are some of the Bali main festival :
- Odalan, The birthday of a temple, this is a big occasion when the villagers make elaborate offerings which women pile on their heads. There are thousands of temples in Bali so there is an odalan somewhere almost every day of the year. The Bali Calendar usually notices where and when.
- Galungan and Kuningan day. Galungan is a very special day when the deities come down to Earth, Galungan means “When the Dharma is winning.” During this holiday the Balinese gods visit the Earth and leave on Kuningan. Occurring once in every 210 days in the
pawukon (Balinese cycle of days), Galungan marks the beginning of the most important recurring religious ceremony that is celebrated by all Balinese. During the Galungan period the deified ancestors of the family descend to their former homes. They must be suitably entertained and welcomed, and prayers and offerings must be made for them. Those families who have ancestors that have not yet been cremated, but are still buried in the village cemetery, must make offerings at the graves. and every village in Bali is adorned with “PENJOR”, tall bamboo poles decorated with coconut leaves, ribbons and other materials and curving at the top to represent the sacred mountain Gunung Agung. Ten days after Galungan comes Kuningan which is when the deities return to heaven. The penjor remain in place for a further 35 days.
- Ngaben. These cremation ceremonies can occur any time and guests are welcome to attend. For a people who believe in reincarnation, death is not a sad occasion but is celebrated with colour, music and dance. The soul is not considered to be liberated until the body has been burnt. A cremation for a high caste person can be expensive; for poor people, is often necessary bo bury the body and exhume I later when funds are available for a cremation ceremony, often together with a number of other exhumed bodies. Infobalidriver offer information about trips to cremations and it is an experience not to be missed. Don’t afraid to take photographs; there will be no objections but it is probably best to wear Balinese costume.
- Nyepi day. The day of silent when no one is allowed to leave their home or to have any lights. Even Ngurah Rai airport is closed.
- Melasti; This is when a banjar (local community) takes various items from its temple to the beach or a ritual cleansing. It is believed that the deities of the banjar make contact with the deity of the sea, Dewa Baruna, amid gamelan music and socializing.