The history of Ulun Danu Beratan Temple

A beautiful floating temple on Lake Bratan, located in the village of Candikuning, Baturiti, Tabanan. You can say that this temple is the second most important temple in Bali after the Besakih temple.

In Balinese, this temple considered Rwa Bhineda or the balance of two opposite as Pradana (feminine) while the Purusha (masculine) is Besakih temple. This temple is also a landmark of Bali because this temple is the most visited tourist destination with amazing scenery and also its history.

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Kuningan – The Tenth Day of Galungan

One of the holiest days on the small tropical island. This day is the tenth days of Galungan, Balinese called it Kuningan.
Kuningan derives from the word ‘kuning’ that means Yellow in English, which represented yellowed rice. On this day, Balinese made special offerings with yellowed rice for the ancestor farewell on the last day of Galungan. On this day Balinese believe that the ancestor returns to their realm after visiting earth for celebrating Galungan.
The offerings with yellow riced have a symbol of humanity’s gratitude to the Gods for all life, happiness, wealth, health, and prosperity he gave. And also, they decorated the offerings with small shadow puppets that represented the angel who gave the joy and wealth to the earth.
Again, this day you may see Tamiang and Endongan hanging outside Balinese home and temple.
Tamiang is formed as a round, Tamiang means shield and has signification as protection. Tamiang reminds Balinese of the importance of the law of nature. It has a function as a reminder to humans about Karma, they should protect themselves from bad behavior to avoid Karma.
Endongan made from coconut leaves and shaped like a bag or pocket. Balinese put different things like seeds, fruits inside it. It symbolizes supplies. Balinese believe that the most important supply is knowledge and devotion.
Mostly, the Balinese celebrate Kuningan only with family at home, because there is no obligatory to pray in all of the temples in their village.
If you visited Bali when Kuningan, you will find Barong or ngelawang,  Barong and ngelawang are like lion creature, they will walk around the village followed by kids playing traditional music of Balinese, they will pass house per house, and people from the house will give offerings called canang with sesari (money) on it, after that, they will bless the house and the owner of the house and all his family.

NGAYAH TRADITION : Balinese Traditional Volunteerism

Ngayah tradition is traditional volunteerism in Balinese daily life. Usually, Balinese will gather around in Banjar and doing some voluntary job, mostly for preparing the religious ceremonies or some events in the neighborhood. Well in this tradition, Balinese are not just to help each other, but they also sharing and socializing as the religious order.

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The Legend of Mount Batur

One of the famous mountain in Bali is Mount Batur. Mt Batur is the second big mountain after Mount Agung. Furthermore, This mountain famous because this is a favorite place for tourists to trekking to the top of the mountain to watch the beautiful sunrise.
Mount Batur is an active volcano and has erupted more than 25 times.
There is a lot of legend about this mountain, but in this article, I will only tell you 2 of the most popular stories, namely about Mount Batur associated with the gods and the story of Kebo Iwa.

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The Balinese is a Survivor

We all know that majority of Balinese work in the tourism sector. Some working on hotels, restaurants, tourist attractions, or travel agencies. During this disease, the government not allowed the tourists for visiting Bali, that’s mean everything has stopped and caused trouble for the tourism sector. A lot of restaurant and hotel hibernate. Beach and tourist attraction has been closed, every plan for visiting Bali this year is postponed, even some of the tourists canceled it.
The government tries to stop this pandemic with asked the people to stay at home, and it has meant a lot of people don’t work, so how the Balinese face this crisis?

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BALI’S UPDATE: Travel in Indonesia and the current situation in Bali during the pandemic

Recently some of the Balinese most avid kite enthusiasts swarm across the island to fly their beautifully adorned kite. If you in Bali now you can see hundred kite flies in Bali’s sky, from little one until the wide one. Every child in the village plays their kites on ricefield fly just to kill their boredom during the school holiday caused by this pandemic.

There are a lot of people wondering when Indonesia will let the tourist visiting this country.

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