Bali Events Calendar : January 2016 2016.01.07

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One of the best things about going on holiday in Bali is that there's bound to be a ceremony taking place while you are visiting. For many tourists, this is one of the highlights of their trip that offers a unique insight into the local culture.

Religious ceremonies are based on the Balinese calendar which rotates every 210 days, and much time is spent preparing offerings for all the various ceremonies that take place throughout the year.

In this series of blog posts, we will introduce you to the various events and ceremonies taking place each month, and hopefully one (or maybe even two) will be happening during your stay on the Island of Gods.

1. Tumpek Uduh (16 January 2016)

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Tumpek Uduh is a holy day when the god of vegetation, Sangkara, is worshiped. On this day, local Balinese Hindus perform ceremonies to bless flowers and plants with seeds in the hope of successful harvests.

Families bless their gardens and farms with offerings of porridge or "bubuh". During the ceremony, the bubuh is smeared on the bark of the tree as a symbol of fertilizers.

The ceremony takes place three weeks before the important Galungan celebration, when the creator of the universe and the spirits of ancestors are honored.

2.  Besakih Temple Piodalan Anniversary (26 January 2016)

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The holiest temple in Bali is Besakih or "The Mother Temple", located on the slopes of  Mount Agung in North East Bali. The complex features 23 temples, the most important being Pura Penataran Agung.

Piodalan is one of the biggest ceremonies a temple has as it marks the temple's anniversary or "birthday". Every temple in every village celebrates its anniversary once every 210 days, according to the Balinese calendar.

If you happen to be in Bali during a temple's anniversary, it's a fascinating thing to observe as the whole village will come to pray and leave offerings, all of course dressed in their best temple attire.

3. Ulun Danu Bratan Temple Piodalan Anniversary (26 January 2016)

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Pura Ulun Danu Bratanis the second most important temple in Bali (after Besakih) due to its association with Lake Bratan. It's also one of the most iconic images of Bali and is used in countless tourism campaigns used to promote the island (along with Tanah Lot temple and the famous terraced rice fields at Tegalalang).

Once every 6 months, every Kliwon Julungwangi Tuesday, the temple celebrates its anniversary during Piodalan. Although extremely busy, it's quite an experience to watch, especially with the setting of the lake and mountains in the background.

 



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