Bali is the most beautiful island in Indonesia archipelago, and very famous with its culture. Bali is also nominated as the top 10 The Best Island in the World from Tripadvisor, the largest travel forum. That’s why Bali is always visited by tourists who come over the world. Almost of the tourists know that Balinese people adhere to Balinese Hindusm. So, is there any celebration for Chinese New Year in Bali ? The answer is “YES”. Apart from the majority of Balinese Hindus, there also exist Chinese immigrants whose traditions have melded with that of the locals.
Well, Are you curious about the Chinese New Year Celebration in Bali ? Let’s get started………….
We will see the celebrations in one of the biggest Chinese Temple or local people call “KONGCO” in Bali, it is at Vihara Dharmayana Temple, Kuta.
Sugar canes are such with a series of coconut leaf standing at each gate of Chinese's house to welcome the Chinese New Year 2567 in this beautiful island.
This religious nuances are almost similar with the celebrations of Galungan Day that is celebrated by Hindus people in Bali where is the victory of dharma (goodness) over adharma (evil) which is celebrated every 210 days.
“Penjor” on a piece of bamboo leaf typical of the island is also stood at the entrance of the Balinese house while celebrating Galungan Day, the difference between Chinese New Year and Galungan Day is Chinese New Year this time replaced with a bamboo cane. It reflects the assimilation and religious tolerance is increasingly strong, live in harmony, side by side with each other without ever going any conflicts
Not only Chineses's gate house are decorated with sugar cane, in hotel lobbies, shopping malls, restaurants in Bali are also in order in such a way with matching colorful decoration.
One day prior to Chinese New Year, it is on 7th of February 2016 Chinese people do “Ngelawang” or performances of Lion Dance and Dragon or local call Barongsai. The procession starts from the temple of Dharmayana and begins with a prayer.
The attraction is continued with lion dance parade towards Kuta Beach. There, Lion Dance do attractions accompanied by prayers to entertain the tourists. During the trip, Lion Dance took "Angpao" or Red Envelopes which are in the street. In addition, there are also Chinese people who are invited Lion Dance to come to their house and give Lion Dance an "Angpao".
On the 8th February 2016 where Chinese New Year comes, Chinese people in Bali pray in each their home, then proceed to the temple and temple.
Lighting of candles, decorative lamps (lanterns), as well as offering dishes of fruits and assorted pastries is characteristic of Chinese New Year celebrations on every Vihara or Chinese Temple in Bali.
Vihara Dharmayana Temple, Kuta
Address : Jl. Blambangan, Kuta
Located only a kilometer east from Kuta’s main coastal strip, Vihara Dharmayana Kuta. Slightly inconspicuous due to its location on a corner of Jalan Blambangan, a one-way route usually congested with traffic, the temple’s bright red walls and murals can easily be spotted by taking a leisurely stroll around the area.