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November 18, 2010

Bali Calendar of Festivals and Events 2010 / 2011

Bali Calendar of Festivals and Events 2010 / 2011
 The Galungan festival, Bali's major feast, is held throughout the island and is an annual event in the wuku year. During this ten day period all the gods, including the supreme deity Sanghyang Widi, come down to earth for the festivities. Barongs prance from temple to temple and village to village. The last and most important day of the ten day festival is called Kuningan.



Galungan  12 May 2010 & 8 Dec 2010
    This is the most important holiday symbolizing the victory of Virtue (Dharma) upon Evil (Adharma). The holiday is specialized by the fitting of 'penjor', a tall bamboo pole splendidly decorated with woven young coconut leaves, fruit, cakes and flowers, on the right side of every house entrance. People are attired in their finest clothes and jewels this day.
ballKuningan  22 May 2010 & 10 Dec 2010
    This holiday takes place ten days after Galungan, bringing the holiday period to a closing time. On this day, a special ritual ceremony is held for the Ancestral spirits.
ballNyepi   16 March 2010
    This holiday is the Balinese New Year called icaka New Year, the day of total silence throughout the island. No activity, no traffic at all on the roads, no fire may be lit for 24 hours. Great purification and sacrificial rites are held the day before so as to exorcize evil spirits from every corner of the island.
ballSaraswati 27 February 2010 & 25 September 2010
    This day is devoted to God's Manifestation as Dewi Saraswati, the beautiful Goddess of Knowledge, Art and Literature. On this day, books of knowledge, manuscripts and the Wedas are blessed and special offerings are made for them.
ballPagerwesi 3 March 2010 & 29 September 2010
    The name literally means 'iron fence', on which day ceremonies and prayers are held for strong mental and spiritual defense in welcoming the Galungan holiday.
 Bali Events and Festivals in January - Bali, Indonesia, ID

* New Year's Day - January 1st, the celebrations of the previous night continue into the day, although things become more sedate by midday
* Pager Wesi - celebrates Sang Yang (the creator of the universe) with grand ceremonies island-wide

Bali Events and Festivals in February - Bali, Indonesia, ID

* Kuningan Ceremony - in early February, spanning ten days and signifying the end of the new year holiday. Yellow rice is offered and temples are beautified to bade farewell to the gods

Bali Events and Festivals in March - Bali, Indonesia, ID

* Melasti - precedes Nyepi and is the loud part of the two-day event, where well-dressed villagers offer flowers and fruit and holy men sacrifice pigs
* Nyepi - the quiet day after Melasti welcomes the beginning of the lunar year with a silent vigil to fool the spirits. Bali's airport is closed on Nyepi
* Galungan - the Balinese gods descend to earth during Galungan, a major festival of the Pawukon calendar each March, celebrating the good Dharma over the evil Adharma

Bali Events and Festivals in April - Bali, Indonesia, ID

* Kartini Day - mid-April, women don traditional attire to commemorate the birth of the founder of the Balinese women's rights movement, Raden Ajeng Kartini

Bali Events and Festivals in May - Bali, Indonesia, ID

* National Awakening Day - May 20th, 'Hari Kebangkitan Nasional' is a public holiday in Indonesia to mark the principles of Indonesian state philosophy. Government offices and schools host this event

Bali Events and Festivals in June - Bali, Indonesia, ID

* Bali Arts Festival - runs between June and July and celebrates the arts and culture of Bali
* Kite Festival - a fun event seeing lots of kite flying throughout the day, and a real boon for tourists who want to get a unique glimpse of another side of Bali

Bali Events and Festivals in July - Bali, Indonesia, ID

* Negara Bull Races - bulls are washed and decorated with garlands, coupled to chariots and then raced in an enthralling event. The bull races are staged between July and October

Bali Events and Festivals in August - Bali, Indonesia, ID

* Independence Day - August 17th sees Bali adorned with national flags, along with the rest of the country, and feature processions, traditional music and dancing
* Nusa Dua Festival - a week-long event in Bali's popular Nusa Dua resort is a must-see, featuring many Balinese treats including singing, dancing and eating

Bali Events and Festivals in September - Bali, Indonesia, ID

* Temple Celebrations - all prominent temples in Bali feature celebrations throughout September, including at Kuta, Sanur, Ubud and Denpasar

Bali Events and Festivals in October - Bali, Indonesia, ID

* Ubud Writers and Readers Festival - goes off for five days every year in October and sees dozens of writers from several countries gather, culminating in one of the best events of its type in the country

Bali Events and Festivals in November - Bali, Indonesia, ID


* Bali International Jazz Festival - a major event on the island, and in Indonesia as a whole, with performers from all over the world playing out to crowds over a period of three days
Grammy
Award Nominated Musician and DJ Jez Colin in Three-Day Engagement at AYANA Resort Rock Bar.
(11/20/2010) Jez Colin does it all. He is a music producer, songwriter, re-mixer, programmer and a musician who exerts influence both on the front line and behind the scenes of the world music industry. Nominated in 2004 for a Grammy Award in recognition for his re-mix of "La Lo Lei", Colin has worked with Trent D'Arby, Marc Antoine, Katia Moraes, The Solsonics, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Bjork, Alanis Morissette, Sade and Tone Loc.

The Los Angeles-bases artist is bringing his eclectic dance remixes to Bali and the fabled Rock Bar at the AYANA Resort for a limited three sunset and late-night dance remixes between Friday, November 26 and Tuesday, November 30, 2010.

Catch Jez Colin on the following dates at the Rock Bar assisted by his good friend Marin East, the resident DJ at the Resort.

• Friday, November 26, 2010 from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

• Saturday, November 27, 2010 from 9:30 pm –1:00 am

• Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - Sunset session with Martin East from 5:30 – 8:00 pm.

03. Temple anniversary celebrations at :
  • Pura Pasek Gelgel, Kukuh village, district of Marga, Tabanan regency.
  • Pura Pasek Ketewel, Ketewel village district of Sukawati, Gianyar regency.
  • Pura Puseh and Pura Desa, Guwang village, district of Sukawati, Gianyar regency.
13. "Tumpe Pengatag" day devoted to Ida Sanghyang Widhi wasa, almighty god as Sanghyang Sangkara. Lord of all foor-plant and vegetarian, when blessing ceremonies are focused at gardens ricefields and plantation, for good crops and products. Throughout Bali. Temple anniversary celebrations at:
  • Pura Puseh and Pura Desa Batuan village, district of Sukawati, Gianyar regency.
  • Pura Pasek Bendesa, Kekeran village, district of Mengwi, Badung regency.
17. Temple anniversary celebrations at:
  • Pura Pasek Gelgel, Gerih village, district of Abiansemal, Badung regency.
  • Pura Pucak Sari Tembuku village, district of Tembuku, Bangli regency.
  • Pura Kepisah Sumerta village, Downtown of Denpasar.
21. Temple anniversary celebrations at:
  • Pura Kiduling Kreteg, Besakih complex, district of Rendang, Karangasem regency.
  • Pura Dalem Putra Balingkang, Benawah village, Gianyar regency.
23. Temple anniversary celebrations at:
  • Pura Ulun Danu Beratan, Candi Kuning village, district of Baturiti, Tabanan regency.
  • Pura Batu Klotok, south beach of town of Klungkung.
  • Pura Dalem Waturenggoong, Taro Kaja village, district of Tegalalang, Gianyar regency.
  • Pura Manik Beringin, Dukuh village, district of Sidemen, Karangasem regency.
24. Temple anniversary celebrations at:
  • Pura Penataran Gana, Bebalang village, south of the town of Bangli.
  • Pura Dalem Gde, Banjar Pande, downtown of Bangli.
  • Pura Pucak Sari (Monkey Forest Temple) Sangeh village, district of Abiansemal, Badung regency.
  • Pura Dadya Agung Pasek Sanak Sapta Rsi, Sidan village, district of Blahbatuh, Gianyar regency.
Bali Events and Festivals in December - Bali, Indonesia, ID

01 World AIDS Day in Bali – Divas Thru the Decades 

Join a Rainbow Coalition for a Fun-Filled Evening to Raise Funds for HIV/AIDS Education in Bali. 
Bali's Gaya Dewata Foundation is holding a fund raising event on World AIDS Day on Wednesday, December 1, 2010, at Déjà vu on Jalan Arjuna 7X – Blue Ocean Beach in Seminyak.

02. Temple anniversary celebrations and full moon ceremony at :
  • Pura Kawitan Tangkas Kori Agung, Tangkas village, district of Dawan, Klungkung regency.
  • Pura Siang Kangin Tampuagan, Peninjoan village, district of Tembuku, Bangli regency.
03 Slow Food Ubud - Indonesia's only Slow Food Convivium outside Jakarta, celebrates its first anniversary on Friday, December 3, 2010, with a dinner at Maya Ubud Resort in Pejeng, Ubud.
The dinner will feature Spanish-Basque cuisine with a special menu designed and presented by Maya Ubud Resort chef and "slow food" member Kath Townsend, with almost all ingredients sourced in Bali. Last year's dinner launching the Slow Food Ubud Convivium held at Linda Garland's Estate featured dishes prepared by chefs and restaurants from around Ubud.

03. Temple anniversary celebrations at:
  • Pura Segara Buleleng, downtown of Singaraja.
08. "Galungan" celebrated as the commemoration of the Victory of "Dharma" (virtue) derived from the upon "Adharma" (evil) derived from mythology "Mayadenawa" The Demon King when involved in a war against God Indra's troops. On this day a tall bamboo pole (Penjor Symbolizing prosperity) decorated with coconut's leaves and flowers, fruit, care etc stuck on every house entrance and make a marvelous sight along the village roads. Throughout Bali
Temple anniversary celebrations  and full moon ceremonies at:
  • Pura Gelap Besakih complex, district of Rendang, Karangasem regency.
  • Pura Ratu Bagus Subandar, Besakih complex, district of Rendang Karangasem regency.
  • Pura Dang Khayangan Pengukur-ukur, Pejeng village, district of Tampaksiring, Gianyar regency.
  • Pura Ponjok Batu, Alassari village, district of Tejakula, Buleleng regency.
09. Temple anniversary celebrations at:
  • Pura Lempuyang Luhur Purwayu village, district of Abang, Karangasem regency.
  • Pura Luhur watukaru, Wongaya Gede village, district of Penebel, Tabanan regency.
  • Pura Pasek Kentel Gumi, Banjarangkan village, Klungkung regency.
  • Pura Pasek Gaduh, Umadesa village, district of Kediri, Tabanan regency.
  • Pura Pasek Kubayan, Wongaya Gede Village, district of Penebel, Tabanan regency.
10. Temple anniversary celebrations at:
  • Pura Ulun Suwi, Jimbaran village, district of Kuta, Badung regency.
  • Pura Luhur, Cemenggaon village, district of Sukawati, Gianyar regency.
12. Temple anniversary celebrations at:
  • Pura Dalem Tegal Tamu, Batubulan village, district of Sukawati, Gianyar regency.
  • Pura Kubayan Umagunung, Sempidi village, district of Mengwi, Badung regency.
13. Temple anniversary celebrations at:
  • Pura Dasar Buana Gelgel village, Klungkung regency.
  • Pura Merajan Agung Benawah, Benawah village, district of Blahbatuh, Gianyar regency.
  • Pura Kahyangan Tulus Dewa, Apuan village, district of Susut, Bangli regency.
18. "Kuningan" believed as the ascending day of the ancestral holy spirits back to Heaven after spending time with their descendants during Galungan. Throughout Bali.
"Makotekan" ceremony "village purification", Munggu village, district of Mengwi, Badung regency.
"Perang Jempana" rituals when the temples adherents carrying temple-effigies strike one another as to indicate that the ceremony as a whole has been properly done, at Pura Panti Timbrah, Paksebali village, district of Banjarangkan, Klungkung regency.
Temple anniversary celebrations at:
  • Pura Taman Pule, Mas village, district of ubud, Gianyar regency.
  • Pura Ularan, Takmung village, district of Banjarangkan, Klungkung regency.
  • Pura Bukit Jati, Guliang Kawan village, Bangli regency.
  • Pura Dalem Tegal Jaya, Batubulan village, district of Sukawati, Gianyar regency.
  • Pura Dalem Guwang village, district of Sukawati, Gianyar regency.
  • Pura Jengengan Majapahit, Cemenggaon village, district of Sukawati, Gianyar regency.
  • Pura Sadha, Kapal village, district of Mengwi, Badung regency.
  • Pura Sakenan, Serangan Island, the municipality of Denpasar.
  • Pura Luhur Pakendungan, Tanah Lot Beach, district of Kediri, Tabanan regency.
  • Pura Dalem Sanding village, district of Tampaksiring, Gianyar regency.
19. "Pemendakan" Welcoming procession held started from Sakenan Temple to Denpasar, Serangan Island, south of Denpasar.
Temple anniversary celebrations at:
  • Pura Dalem Pauman Bhujangga, Penatih village, east of Denpasar.
  • Pura Alas Arum, Batur village, district of Kintamani, Bangli regency.
  • Pura Batuaji, Ubud Tengah village, west of Denpasar.
  • Pura Dalem Buleleng, downtown of Singaraja.
  • Pura Dalem Jagaraga village, district of Sawan, Buleleng regency.
21.T emple anniversary celebrations at:
  • Pura Banua Besakih complex, district of Rendang, Karangasem regency.
  • Pura Dalem Semenggaon village, district of Sukawati, Gianyar regency.
  • Pura Desa Celuk village, district of Sukawati, Gianyar regency.
  • Pura Dewa Agung Klungkung, Ulah village, district of Sidemen, Karangasem regency.
  • Pura Gunung Rena, Sidemen village, Karangasem regency.
22.T emple anniversary celebrations at:
  • Pura Tanah Lot (well know as temple on the rock) Beraban village, district of Kediri, Tabanan regency.
  • Pura Bukcabe, Mas village, district of Ubud, Gianyar regency.
  • Pura Puseh Ganggang Canggi, Batuan village, district of Sukwati, Gianyar regency.
  • Pura Masceti Sanding village, district of Tampaksiring, Gianyar regency.
  • Pura Luhur Batur Pucangan, Buahan village, district of Penebel, Tabanan regency.
  • Pura Dalem Tarukan Cemenggaon village, district of Sukawati, Gianyar regency.
  • Pura Dalem Bangun Sakti, Kapal village district of Mengwi, Badung regency.
  • Pura Dang Kahyangan Penataran Agung Baturening, Mambal village, district of Abiansemal Badung regency.
26. "Ngerebong" A group of the temple adherents being in trance, stab themselves with "Keris" the sacred heirlooms as to indicate that the rituals have been properly done while in the day a cock fighting is held for "Tabuh Rah" ritual (blood shedding) to please the underworld spirits during the ceremony. Kesiman village east of Denpasar.
28. Temple anniversary celebrations at:
  • Pura Luhur Uluwatu, Pecatu village, district of Kuta, Badung regency.
  • Pura Taman Ayun Mengwi village, Badung regency.
  • Pura Gua Lawah (the bat cave temple) Kusamba village Klungkung regency.
  • Pura Andakasa Antiga village district of Manggis, Karangasem regency
  • Pura Penataran Agung Jukut Paku, Singakerta village, district of Ubud, Gianyar regency.
  • Pura Suralaya Banda village district of Banjarangkan, Klungkung regency.
  • Pura Dalem Senapati, Bebalang village, south of the town of Bangli.
  • Pura Pusering Jagat, Pejeng village, district of Tampaksiring, Gianyar regency.
  • Pura Dalem Tugu, Gelgel village, Klungkung regency.
  • Pura Geriya Sakti, Tulikup village, district of Blahbatuh, Ginayar regency.
  • Pura Gaduh, Blahbatuh village, Gianyar regency.
29. Temple anniversary celebrations at:
  • Pura Dalem Purwa, Kubontingguh village, Tabanan regency.
  • Pura Dalem Dauma, Batuan village, district of Sukawati, Gianyar regency.
  • Pura Nataran Kacang Dawa, downtown of Klungkung.
  • Pura Puseh Brahmana, Kamasan village, Klungkung regency.
  • Pura Dalem Sukahet village, district of Dawan, Klungkung regency.
  • Pura Dalem Maospait, Guwang village, district of Sukawati, Gianyar regency.
  • Pura Desa, Sanding village, district of Tampaksiring, Ginayar regency.
  • Pura Taman, Dukuh Kenderan village, district of Tegalalang Gianyar regency.
* Christmas Day - December 25th as with elsewhere around the globe..It is celebrated by Christians in Bali by going to churches , giving gifts to loved ones and some tourists get particularly jovial at resort bars and restaurants.
* New Year's Eve - December 31st .Most people have thanksgivng new year's eve dinner, praying , dancing, partying, a traditional countdown and lots of fireworks in the bigger resorts
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