Gamelan: The Traditional Music Instrument in Bali

Bali is a rich island with its culture. Now we will talk about the traditional music of Bali. Same with his neighbor, Java island Bali use Gamelan too as his traditional instrument music. Gamelan is a traditional music ensemble of Java and Bali, typically including many bronze percussion instruments. The word Gamelan comes from Javanese word that has means ‘to strike with a mallet’. Read more “Gamelan: The Traditional Music Instrument in Bali”

Saraswati Celebration : The day of knowledge and arts

Saraswati is the one of Hindu Gods represented as a beautiful woman that has knowledge like a river flow. She will give help or enlightenment to everyone who is willing to study. Saraswati is the goddess of knowledge and arts. She has 4 arms, every arm symbolizing a different concept. Her immanence and transcendence, her front arm illustrated the Goddess activity in the material realm and the back arm is the spiritual realm. The four arms also represent the four elements of the inner life which include mind, intellect, ego, and consciousness.

Saraswati is illustrated as a very beautiful woman with four arms. holding (and playing) a zither, scriptures and rosary beads. It means that Saraswati is Goddess of arts too, that reminds us to live in harmony with the others and the world.  Saraswati has 2 holy animals as her conveyance. The swan represents beauty and the ability of knowledge to filter good and bad habits. The peacock represents beauty and dance,  along with the swan it becomes a vehicle to deliver the knowledge given by God. The last thing, Sarasawati sit on a big white lotus that represents purity and knowledge, it symbolizes to remain untouched by bad or negative influences which may surround an individual. Read more “Saraswati Celebration : The day of knowledge and arts”

Bali’s Offerings

Canang Sari

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If you traveling around Bali, you may see small palm leaf-basket box with a combination of colorful flower  (and at some point accidentally step on), that is Bali’s offerings. These offerings called Canang Sari. Canang means a palm basket of flower and sari mean the essence. In most Hindu temples, house, the street, you will see the new offering every day with a fresh flower, money coin, or a little snack inside the palm basket, and a burning incense stick is placed on the top of the offerings.

You will see Canang Sari everywhere, on the sidewalks, streets, stairwells, ledges, temple, or in front of  Balinese house. Read more “Bali’s Offerings”

Frangipani : The Flower Identity of Bali

Frangipani or Balinese called it ‘Bunga Jepun’ or javanais called it ‘bunga kamboja’.

Frangipani is from Central America. In Java, generally, frangipani is planted in graves. This makes frangipani have a scary and frightening impression. However, in Bali frangipani are a favorite flower for offerings. Nearly all Balinese make frangipani flowers their identity as Balinese Read more “Frangipani : The Flower Identity of Bali”

Melasti : Balinese Hindu Purification Ceremony

Bali is a home for ceremonies and of the most important is Melasti. This is a ceremony held a few days before Nyepi the silent day in Bali Maybe this is a kind of eye-catching ceremony because during Melasti you will see Banjar (village communities) walking along the shoreline with beautiful, bright and colorful offerings going to the beach, river or holy spring. Read more “Melasti : Balinese Hindu Purification Ceremony”