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Ogoh Ogoh Bali

Ogoh Ogoh Bali on Nyepi day 

Bali is very thick with cultural nuances that makes the island paradise is becoming one of the world’s tourist destination.

OGOH OGOH BALI …. what is that.

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Ogoh Ogoh Bali, If you vacation in Bali on March exatly on this year is on March 11th, 2013, May be you can see about this tradition, and you can see the Ogoh Ogoh bali parade in almost all the village in Bali with Bali Driver

Ogoh Ogoh bali “is a masterpiece sculpture depicting Balinese culture personality” Bhuta Kala “and has become an icon in the tradition of ritual that is very important in the welcome Nyepi Day or New Year Saka. Entire Hindu Dharma will be happy to welcome the new year with procession paraded “ogoh-ogoh” that coincided with an idea of what has happened and has been done so far. At the time “Pangrupukan” or a day before Nyepi (Silent day), the events and the procession every year is the same on each Banjar (smaller then village) Bali will compete in terms of making “ogoh-ogoh” as interesting as possible. When making more artistic merit, complicated, and more recently, the “ogoh-ogoh” that is expected to raise the dignity of Banjar made.

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The main function “ogoh-ogoh” Bhuta Kala is a representation made before the celebration of Nyepi (Silent) Day , where “ogoh-ogoh” will be paraded around the rollicking banjar or village at dusk the day before Nyepi (Pangrupukan). According to scholars and practitioners of Hindu Dharma, this procession symbolizes the conviction of the power of human beings and the universe a mighty powerful. That power includes the power “Bhuana Agung” (the Earth) and “Bhuana Alit” (human). In view of philosophy (tattwa), it can deliver power in the universe of living things, especially humans can achieve happiness or destruction. It all depends on the intention noble man, as a creature of God’s most noble in keeping himself and the rest of the world. We are info bali driver will be pleasure if you use our service to accompany you and your Family or friends to see this parade.

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In the teachings of Hindu Dharma, Bhuta Kala symbolizes the power of the universe (bhu) and time (kala) the immeasurable and undeniable. In the embodiment of the statue in question, “Bhuta Kala” was described as being a big scary and generally a giant form (rakshasa). Giant meat-eating is the nation’s human or sometimes as a nation of cannibals and described in “Yakshagana”, a popular art of “Karnataka”. According to Hindu mythology and Buddhist states, the word “rakshasa” has the meaning of “cruelty”, which is the opposite of the word “Raksha” means “peace”. But not all have such cruel giants, such Wibisana, Hiranyaksa, and Hiranyakasipu, who got the blessing of the gods because they worship the god Brahma. According to the Ramayana book outlines, the giant was created from the feet of Brahma. Meanwhile, according to another story, they are derived from a figure Pulastya, Khasa, Nirriti, and Nirrita.

 

In the presence of the procession “Ogoh-Ogoh” which has become a tradition that adds to the appeal is both foreign tourists and the archipelago. Because in addition has a beautiful tourist spots, Bali also has a rich culture which is the mainstay of tourism. Feeling incomplete when tourists visit not see the procession “Ogoh-Ogoh” to welcome Nyepi Day or Bali New Year

More Picture of Ogoh Ogoh

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Nyepi Day in Bali

Balinese New Year 2013
Silent day in Bali

Nyepi Day will fall on March 12, 2013 starting from 06:00 AM till 06:00 AM on March 13, 2013.

However, the celebrations start on the night of March 11, 2013 and, by contrast, that day is called ‘noisy day’ – and for good reason!

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For weeks the Balinese youth have been making giant ‘Ogoh Ogoh’ out of bamboo frames covered in paper mache and then decorated to look like incredibly evil monsters called ‘Ogoh Ogoh’ (actually these pics are from last year).
Many noisy young men then parade the Ogoh Ogoh through the streets, from the palace to the football field, on bamboo poles, to the accompaniment of traditional music. The carnival atmosphere is complete with the firing of bamboo canons, the loud beating of drums and a colorful firework display in the evening.

Then, in the dark the night of March 11, the Ogoh Ogoh are carried to the cemetery, which might be in the middle of the forest, and burnt. The burning is a symbolic gesture to neutralise the evil spirits contained within the Ogoh Ogoh and it heralds in Nyepi, the Balinese New Year.

But on the same places there’s has parade of Ogoh Ogoh, Info Bali driver team could accompany for the see Ogoh Ogoh performance. After finish for the parade the team will be back and put it back to the each Village and some of this possible for the sale if interested to buy you could contact infobalidriver.com then we’ll accompany you.

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Bali’s Holy Day of Nyepi is ultimately the quietest day in terms of human activity. Like New Year that follows in a lunar year sequence, this Balinese Hindu observation marks Bali’s own lunar new year based on the Saka calendar which is 77-78 years behind the Gregorian calendar.

And on the March 12′ 2013 is Nyepi Day. It is silence day when the Balinese Hindues just to concentrate themselves to purify of their soul from the evil spirits and the sins from their last year life. On this day the Balinese Hindus do 4 of prohibitions, they are:

  • No light or fire: this means the Balinese will not lit the fire and turn on the light. This is signify to control of the emotion.
  • No work: The Balinese will stop any activities just to keep themselves to do the doctrine of the region.
  • No Travelling: The Balinese just stay at home.
  • No Pleasure: There will be no recreation and pleasure.

To respect and honor this day the local government will do:

  • Close all of the harbors in Bali.
  • Denpasar airport will close for the flights to pick up and drop passengers at Denpasar airport.
  • The flights activities will be allowed at Denpasar airport: landing and medical evacuation.
  • For the transit flight crews and passengers will stay at the airport.
  • No transportation is allowed, no light, so Bali will be dark.
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At 06:00 PM on March 12, the lights will be dimmed. Guests are requested to respect this Nyepi day to close their room curtain to minimize the light, not to go to the beach, and not leaving the hotel or bali Villas 

Bali Arts Festival

About the Bali Arts Festival

Fortunately if your holiday exactly to meet this even so our team of bali driver and tour service with pleasure to accompany you to watch this performance.  An array of traditional and contemporary cultural shows will be presented when Bali holds the one month long Bali Arts Festival in June. It is a full month of daily performances, handicraft exhibitions, and others related cultural and commercial activities during which the whole of Bali literally comes to the city to presents its offerings of dance, music and beauty.

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On display are trances from remote mountain slopes, forgotten or recently revived village dances, food and offering contests, classical palace dances, odd musical performances of kreasi baru (new creations) from the dance schools of Denpasar, as well as contemporary choreography and dance performances from other parts of Indonesia and abroad.

It is a month long revelry that perhaps no other place in the world can put up on such a low budget as the Balinese. Not only is their traditional culture alive and well, but they take tremendous pride in it.

It begins in the villages, where the seka or cultural group are selected and organized at the regency level, vie with each other to perform at the Arts Festival, and thus display in front of a large audience the uniqueness of their village of birth and resting place of their ancestors.

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The Bali Arts Festival is the cultural event of the year, perhaps it would not be too far fetched to suggest that it is the cultural event of Indonesia. The festival is thus a unique opportunity to see local village cultural both “live” and at firsthand. Tourists are warmly welcomed.

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Melukat (Ritual Purification) with Bali Driver

BALINESE RITUAL PURIFICATION WITH BALI DRIVER

Info bali driver with pleasure to info about ” Melukat “ Balinese Ritual Purification

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Ritual Purification is an important aspect of Hindu culture. It is necessary, in particular, before entering any temple and can be done as a special ceremony for healing and spiritual development. Most temples here in Bali contain small springs, as all rituals include a sprinkling of holy water. But there are some temples in Bali which are situated at springs at these temples Melukat is the main goal of visitation.

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The most well known place for Melukat is Tirta Empul – Tampak Siring approximately 1 hour north of Ubud or 1.5 hours from Bali Airport. The residence of the first Indonesia President is located on the closest hill because the place is both holy and beautiful. A big pond collects water from many springs around a temple. You submerge yourself dressed in a sarong only after engaging in a small ritual at the shrine on the bank. Standing in the water, you bow down before each spring, putting your head under the stream of water. After taking a drink from this stream one continues on the next one. Everybody always feels calm and happy after flushing away all impurities from one’s body, mind and soul. After changing from a wet sarong into a dry one, you go to the main temple in order to perform a ritual of gratitude to the god of this place and also to all of the gods.

An other place for purification is smaller and closer to Ubud, being located in Tegalalang. This is natural waterfall with an open temple on the bank, where you can submerge yourself in the stream (dressed in sarong only). Of course, it is not just the bathing in crystal water but the worship of the gods that is required for real success. Because the temple is so small, you will rarely see a priest there. Balinese people ferform all the necessary rituals by themselves, while westerners should bring a priest along with them (If they really want to do everything in a proper manner). We could organized individual and group to bali tours with great bali driver to the place as Info Bali Driver has team for this situation. We will with pleasure to accompany you there, just contact us one or two days before you wish to make the trip.

Source : Ubud Community, by Atma Ananda & Made Mangku

 

Rejang Dewa Dance

BALINESE SACRED DANCE

In Lontar (holy book) “Usana Bali” it is mentioned that the Rejang is symbol of Widyadari or an angel come down to earth at the time of Lord leads of melasti or God ceremony.

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Rejang Dewa Dance is basically dance on offer to the Gods ruling nine cardinal directions (Dewa Nawa Sanga) or can also be regarded as a welcome dance for the Gods. Dancers who dance it must be women who have not had my period. therefore generally that this dance is children of primary school age.

Dance movements are quite simple, first nine dancers to march, while playing the scarf, then a circle resembling nine winds, and marched around the temple area clockwise three times.

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The Rejang Dance ( Balinese sacred dance ) is a collective women’s dance. It is a sacrificial dance in which symbol the offerings to the God are the dancers themselves. The Rejang dancers must be girls who are still pure, often even little girls six years of age.

The dancers are led by a Pemangku (temple-priest) who dances foremost. Behind him is a row of Rejang dancers, holding a piece of thread which is held by the Pemangku and passed on backwards. Sometimes they use fans, sometimes not. The rhythm of the Rejang Dance is very slow and the movements so simply that any girl can dance then.

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Balinese Art

Balinese art

The Balinese has no words for ‘Art’ and ‘Artist’ because, traditionally, art has never been regarded as something to be treasured for its own sake. Art is just a part of everyday life, palaces, or festivals. Even the simplest activities are carried out with care, precision and artistic flair. Bali driver could be accompany you to visit balinese art.

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Traditionally, most visitors to the island have found the greatest concentration of the arts in and around Ubud. Ubud is the centre of Balinese paintings. Ubud’s Museum, ‘Puri Lukisan’ hosts the collection of modern works of Balinese art dating from the turn of the century. There are several art galleries and homes of famous artists, such as the Dutch born Hans Snel and Spaniard Antonio Blanco.

No one should miss the charm of Museum Puri Lukisan. Officially opened in 1956, it was built to preserve the heritage of their foundation, the Pita Maha association. The central building houses treasures of both painting and sculpture from the pre-WWII period.

Another well-known museum is Neka Art Museum. Founded in 1976 by Ubud born Pande Wayan Suteja Neka, it has one of the most comprehensive public collections of Balinese and Indonesia art. The museum is laid out in seven pavilions housing seven principal collection.

In Werdhi Budaya Art Center, you can find a tertiary level conservatorium and a Dance and Drama School for traditional Balinese performing arts.

While in the Museum Le Mayeur, about 200m to the north of Grand Bali Beach Hotel in Sanur, you can find the painting of Ni Polok, a local Balinese woman. Ni Polok, wife of Le Mayeur, was a famous traditional Bali dancer.

Mas is the village of wood carvers, where many of Bali’s old masters still live. Art galleries exhibit some of their best works. Visitors can go through the Balinese style houses to view the carved wooden pillars and the artists instructing their apprentices.

Batuan is known for its dancing, wood panel carvings and paintings. whilst, Batubulan village in the northeast of Denpasar, is famous for its stone carvings and antiques, you can find a range of stone figures displayed along the road side. Here, divinities and demons are carved from sandstone for ornaments of houses and temples. You can visit workshops to watch the artists work.

There is also the village of Celuk noted for its gold and silver works of jewelry made using age-old techniques. Those in search of batik clothing or material should not miss Gianyar which has at least 40 different textile factories, offering a little something for everyone.

Source from The Official guide to Bali Complimentary

Bali Festival and Celebration

an experience not to be missed………………..

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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.
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Bali Jewellery and Silver

We are of info bali driver trying to inform you about this crafts…..

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There are thousands of jewellery and silver manufactures in Bali, mainly in the village of Celuk, near Ubud. Here, silver rings, bangles, necklaces, bracelets, pendants and accessories are produced by master craftsmen, whose intricate skills and trade secrets have been passed down through generation of families. Using traditional techniques and the most basic of tools, the Balinese silversmiths handcraft their jewellery from silter that is mined in other parts of Indonesia, brought to Bali and then combined with small amounts of copper (usually 75%)to form sterling silver.

half day tourBalinese work is nearly always handmade and rarely produced by casting. Each component is created from sterling silver sheets, which are cut, shaped, soldered, filed, finished and fabricated into intricate designs, enhanced by a technique called granulation, where small pellets and tiny coiled silver wires are heated until soft enough to adhere to the piece, in order to form a pattern or decorative feature. This is considered to be a very skilled technique as the heat must be perfectly controlled to solder the delicate wire or silver pellets to the underlying silver without damaging it. The jewellery is also set with a wide variety of precious and semi precious gemstones. Styles are distinctive, often highly ornate with fine filigree work, and constantly imitated.

The village of Celuk boasts three kilometers of main road and backstreet full of silver workshops and outlets. You will also find silversmiths in the village of Singapadu, one and a half kilometers northwest of Celuk. In both these places you will need to bargain like mad for a decent price. Scores of metallurgists and jewellery also live and work in Banjar Sangging in tghe vicinity of Samsan, producing by ancient methods delicately ornamented large silver and gold bowls.

Celuk is not a jewellery shop, but a whole village of silversmiths, some of whom also work with gold. There are literally hundreds of skilled craftsmen operating from workshops within the village, which is not far from Ubud. Price in this area is very competitive and the quality handmade products are similar and constantly copied. It is very hard to select the budget range retail outlets that are the best value for money. Despite the fixed prices, bargaining is essential and you will be able to by jewellery in Celuk for much lower prices than you would have to pay in Europe or America. Silver pieces are generally weighed and sold by the gram.

That bit of information about silver jewellery and hopefully can be used as your references

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Bali Crafts

Bali’s spectacular combined with its deep Artistic, Crafts and Cultural roots……

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Bali driver tour will accompany you to have look craft in Bali , such as woodcarving, stone carving, basket work and textiles are all arts in which the Balinese excel, but there are plenty of other crafts on offer too, from cheap brightly colored kites through traditional shadow puppets to life sized bronze castings of Hindu deities.

There are worthwhile buys in local markets and neighborhood shops which contain the many ritual accessories every Balinese family needs. However, Bali’s artisans are adaptable as well as skilled and much of the craft work on sale is made specifically for the tourist and export trade.

With the occasional exception of the villages around Ubud, very few of the shops in the resort areas produce what they make. Though some sales-only outlets are exceptional for their quality, service or range, it’s often more rewarding to track down the village shops and family workshops where it is possible to see work in progress and buy direct from the craftsmen themselves.

As Balinese crafts have become popular worldwide, the island has also become a showroom for central eastern parts of Indonesia and there is a good deal of craft work on sale from other island, Neighboring Lombok and Java area major sources for a rang of crafts, but there is good deal of basketware from Kalimantan and Lombok, fabrics from Sumba and Timor and occasional pieces from as far as west Papua.

Below are some of crafts you can find :

  • Beadwork, Inspired by the finely beaded Sumatran baskets sometimes seen in antique shops, Balinese craftsmen have been developing beadwork of their own.
  • Buttons, handmade in the millions in Bali and sold to both export fashion buyers and the local garment trade. Materials include coconut shell, wood, abalone and other seashells and horn.
  • Kites, First introdused by the Japanese during their world war II occupation, kites have become a Balinese passion.
  • Lombok Crafts, Many immigrants from lombok have settled in Bali and quite a few run shops selling typical Lombok crafts. Basketweavers there make finely woven baskets in a range of size and pottery is another favorite.
  • Musical Instruments, Balinese music is based on a five-note scale and uses a range of percussion instruments from huge gongs to small metallophones  as well as suling (bamboo flute) and occasionally the rebab, the only stringed instrument traditionally found in this part of the world.
  • Oils & Comsmetics, until recently, the only cosmetics available to Balinese women were those that grew in their gardens or could be harvested from the forest. Nowadays, young urban women by the same shampoos, conditioners and skincare. More and more of the island’s luxury spas are turning to receipts based on the old, traditional jamu preparations like spa oil.
  • Pottery, Traditionally, the only pottery made in Bali used low fired unglazed terracotta to produce everyday items like water jugs, plant pots and clay roof tiles. Nowadays, a few groups of potters, mostly based around Pejaten, not far from Tanah Lot make small glazed ceramics pieces for the tourist market. Also the heavy tableware and large pots imported from Lombok.
  • Temple Decorations, many decoration temple in Bali you can see which is very artistic.

 

Kecak Dance Bali

Make sure you go to a traditional dance performance…..

Music and dance are so entrenched in  Bali that it is regrettable if a visit does not include at least one dance performance, not only for the cultural enrichment but also because whatever money the dancers earn goes back to their banjar (village community).

The kecak dance is one of the most exhilarating and unique as it is not accompanied by musical instruments but by the voice of a large group of bare chested men. They chant what sounds like the chatter of monkeys (“Kecak, Kecak, Cak..Cak…cak) but with a variety of rhythms and tones. The represent the monkey army which helps the hero of the Ramayana epic, Rama, to vanquish the evil Rahwana and rescue Sita. Kecak’s origin lie in traditional Sanghyang (trance) dances which were modified in the 1930s to include part of the Ramayana following .

Kecak is often followed by the Sanghyang Dedari dance by young girls who dance legong-style as if in a dream.The Sanghyang jaran dance is performed by and entranced boy  who dances around and on burning coconut husks. Some of popular places for this dance are on Tanah Lot Temple, Uluwatu Temple, Ubud, Sari Wisata Budaya. So don’t forget to watch the Kecak dance before you leave Bali.

Or you can contact us to accompany you to watch this dance.