BALI EVENT CALENDAR 2020

Bali Lost Adventure gives you a nice non-exhaustive list of events taking place in Bali in 2020. Bali has many temples and diverse traditions happening every day. You will surely have the chance to observe during your stay our rituals or cultural events. This list is just a glimpse of everything happening in Bali.

WHAT IS AN ODALAN / PIODALAN? Bali is known as an island with tens of thousands of temples so it is easy to find a temple ceremony anywhere and anytime. One of these ceremonies is called Odalan which is a celebration of the day the temple was built and varies for each temple. The Odalan date is calculated according to the Pawukon calendar (every 210 days). Bali has many temples, so it’s no wonder you find this kind of Odalan ceremony during your visit to Bali. Some Odalan ceremonies are short and last only 1 to 3 days, while others can last up to a month. Once the main religious ceremony is over the Odalan becomes more of a social occasion with dances, gamelans, puppets, etc. In the following list, you will find some Odalan dates of the main temples in Bali.

TO KNOW That during new moons and during full moons, the Balinese go to the temple. On a new moon we pray to the sun god, it is believed to be a special day to purify and remove the impurities that are in every human being while on a full moon we pray to the god of the moon for he gives us for the occasion its blessing and its magic also by offering its light thus reminding us of our own inner light. Full moon days are auspicious days when, for example, many Odalans (temples birthdays) take place, etc. It’s also considered a good day to plant, giving you plenty of chances for good harvests to come.

Tumpek Uduh

25 January & 22 August 2020

Tumpek Uduh is the day devoted to Sanghyang Sangkara, the keeper of plants and tree life. Tumpek Uduh held 25 days before Galungan. This day Balinese will give some offerings to plant, they hope that The God of Sangkara keeps the plants and trees alive and fertile, avoiding them from everything that can damage them. This day Hindu Balinese wish the rain comes for the plants, they hope that the rain will bring the plants and trees prosperity.

Galungan

19 February & 16 September 2020

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For Balinese, Galungan is the most important day. According to the history, Galungan is about the victory dharma over Adharma, or we can say Balinese celebrating the victory good over the evil. This celebration also gives honor to the creation of the universe Ida Sang Hyang Widi. Galungan is held twice a year according to the Balinese calendar, and always on Wednesday. Balinese believe this day the ancestor will visit the earth and celebrating Galungan together.

Kuningan

29 February & 26 September 2020

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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.

Mekotekan Ritual

29 February & 26 September 2020

If Kuningan is the part of Galungan Ceremony, the Mekotekan ritual is part of Kuningan. It celebrates to battle the devil spirit in Munggu village. The ritual aims at purifying the locals and the village. The ritual started at 2 pm and throughout the afternoon. You may watch this ritual, but you can’t participate in considered disrespectful Balinese people.

Tanah Lot Piodalan

4 March & 30 September 2020

Tanah Lot is the one famous place in Bali cause it is an important landmark in Bali. Tanah Lot Piodalan can be the meaning anniversary of Tanah Lot temple. Piodalan is a ceremony to give honor to the creation of the universe Ida Sang Hyang Widi. In this day you will see many Balinese comes to Tanah lot with traditional outfit bring many offerings.

Melasti Purification Ceremony

22 March 2020

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Melasti ceremony is a purification ritual before the silent day of Bali (Nyepi). They held this ritual in the sea. This ritual has an aim to erase all the bad things and bad karma from human and then they throw it to the ocean. Balinese Hindu believes that the sea or ocean is considered as the source of life. Melasti ceremony not only for human purification, but it also purifies the sacred thing from the temple too.

Ogoh – Ogoh Parade

24 March 2020


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One day before the Balinese celebrate Nyepi, they celebrate Ngrupuk Parade, or Balinese also called it Ogoh – Ogoh. Ogoh Ogoh is a giant puppets festival made in form of Bhuta Kala the evil spirit, Bhuta Kala is a creature who likes to disturb human life. This festival/parade is huge in around Bali because almost every Banjar (small communities in the village) celebrate it.

Nyepi

25 March 2020

Nyepi is the day of silence in Bali. Everyone who stayed in Bali should be at home all day. This day represented the Saka new years too. For Balinese Hindu, this day they use to fasting and doing meditation. Nyepi has signification to keep the balance of nature.

Omed Omedan

26 March 2020

The kissing festival in Bali. It’s quite interesting, is it? A crowd of single guys and girls around 17 – 30 years old kissing in the street. Omed Omedan taking a place after the day of Saka new year or Nyepi day. During the kissing, there is somebody else who will pour water on them. The pouring water is quite important, it believed that will cool the heat and tension down between the kissers. This ritual helps many people to start dating, you want to try?

Tumpek Krulut

4 Avril & 31 October 2020

Another day of Tumpek. We could call it Balinese Valentine day. But, not like a valentine that we always celebrate. This day Balinese will bless the Gamelan (traditional musical instrument). Why? because the Balinese think that human life is like Gamelan in a stage. We have our roles to complete each other. But, Tumpek Krulut is not only for Gamelan but also for all music instruments.

Tumpek Kandang

9 Mai & 5 December 2020

Tumpek Kandang ceremony is dedicated to the animal, livestock, and pets. Kandang is a cage in English. But, this ritual not a worship ritual, Balinese consider animal is a friend that created by God as a living creature. Tumpek Kandang has a deeper meaning to remind people to keep in touch with nature.

Tumpek Wayang

13 June 2020

Tumpek wayang is the one part of the series of Tumpek days. Tumpek wayang also known by ‘the day of arts’. This day Balinese dedicated their blessing towards to traditional tools like Gong, Puppet shadow (wayang) etc

Saraswati Day

4 July 2020

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Saraswati day is also known by ‘the day of knowledge’. Balinese believe that knowledge is given by God through the beautiful Goddess named Saraswati. This day Balinese will make some offering at home, office temple and school. Sometimes they make some offering to for their book, cause books are the source of knowledge.

Pagerwesi

8 July 2020


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Pagerwesi has a meaning the strongest shield. In English Pager means fence and Wesi mean iron. This day Balinese focuses on building a strong mind to ensure the devil to not enter their mind. In some regions in Bali this ceremony considered to be really important days, which is they celebrate it mostly like Galungan, including erected Penjor.

Tumpek Landep

18 July 2020

Again, the part of the Tumpek days in Bali. Tumpek Landep is the day for the metal blessing ceremony.  This day is especially for the cleaning and purification of ancestral objects such as keris, spears. etc. With the modernity, the sense of celebration Tumpek Landep has derived from its origin. They not only blessing the sharp things but everything made of metal like scooters cars, etc.

Indonesia Independence day

17 August 2020

Entering the month of august you will probably notice red and white displayed especially in the street. This day Indonesian people celebrating Independence day with doing flag ceremonies in school and office. After the flag ceremony, mostly they held informal celebrations like carnival or parade and then continue with games in a village.  The carnival and parade, you will see the are mobilizing hundreds of performances and thousands of viewers in the street. And also, you will watch kindergarten decorated their bikes, marching band and costume party with traditional themes.

Bali Kite Festival

July – October


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Bali kite festival is an annual international kite festival held in July in Padang Galak area, Sanur beach. This festival will be held between July and August or sometime through October, and you will see hundreds of competing kite troupes gather around to pilot their traditional kites. This festival is very unique, every year it has a thousand visitors watch it. In the daily life of Balinese, the kite is the most favorite thing to do by the children around the rice field, According to Hinduism the meaning of flying kite is dedicated to Rare Anggon. Rare Anggon is a Hindu’s protector God of rice fields in Bali from the dangers of plant hopper and bird pests.

Galungan : the holiest day in Bali

Galungan is the most important day for the Balinese. According to history, Galungan is about the victory of dharma over adharma. Or we can say Balinese celebrating the victory of good over the evil. This celebration is also to give honor to the creation of the universe Ida Sang Hyang Widi .

Galungan is held twice a year, and always a Wednesday. But, if you are trying search in Georgian calendar you will not found it, because Balinese celebrate Galungan according to the Balinese calendar that only has 210 days per year. At Galungan the spirit of the ancestors go down to earth and come home to visit their family.

Tuesday before the d-day of Galungan, Balinese will erect Penjor to show their gratitude and hospitality to the ancestor as the house owner. If you have ever seen the regularly penjor, in this day you will see the amazing penjor with luxury decoration.

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Just like most Balinese celebration, the preparation always take a place.

Penyekeban : The day to cover-up

Three days before Galungan day. Balinese will make an offering with fruits, but the most important fruit for them is banana because Balinese consider that Banana has the least ego, even though we cut it, it will grow and still gives the vulnerability of other creatures. Penyekeban has significance that human must reduce their ego so they can get closer with Ida Sang Hyang Widi.

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Penyajaan : Time to make Balinese cake

Two days beforehand Galungan. Balinese will make traditional cake known as Jaja that are made from colorful fried rice that will complete the offerings. Penyajaan has the significance that humans can make something sweet that can be use in daily life.

Penampahan : The day of Sacrifice

The day before Galungan, this day Balinese will sacrifice a pig to be slaughtered. This day will be a big day for Balinese because they cook the good thing for tomorrow. Penampahan has the significance that human must kill their bad habit. In Bali, the pig is symbolized as laziness, so slaughter the pig has meant that human slaughter the laziness either. 

Galungan Day

The d-day, this day people will go to the temple and bring everything that they already made the days before. They will pray together and usually Balinese go back to their village to pray together with their family. This day women are seen carrying the offerings on their head.

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The day After Galungan

This day Balinese will visit their close friend or visit their family.

Kuningan : The end of Galungan

The tenth day after Galungan, Balinese believe that this day the spirit of the ancestral will back to heaven. So, Balinese will make yellow rice offerings.

Celebrate Indonesia’s independence day : Merdeka !

Entering the month of August, you will probably notice the sudden splash of red and white displayed everywhere especially in the street. Formally, Indonesians usually celebrates the Independence Day the 17 august by doing flag ceremonies in schools and offices.  After the flag ceremonies, in some province the more informal celebrations start with carnival or parade. There will be so many people gathering with their unique costume and their creativity, they are mobilizing hundreds of performances and thousands of viewers as they process through City Street, concentrate the festive mood through spectacular display. Not only that, even the kindergarten children on decorated bikes, marching bands, and costume party with traditional themes.

Read more “Celebrate Indonesia’s independence day : Merdeka !”

Bali Kite Festival Sanur Beach Bali

Bali Kite Festival 2018

Every year Bali always has something to show to the tourist. Besides all the religion unique ritual ceremony Bali has annual fun thing to do, it is Bali Kite Festival. This festival will be held between July and august or sometime through October, and you will see hundreds of competing kite troupes gather around to pilot their traditional kites. This festival is very unique, every year it has a thousand visitor watch it.

In daily life of Balinese, kite is the most favorite things to do by the children around the rice field, According to Hinduism the meaning of flying kite is dedicated to Rare Anggon. Rare Anggon  is a Hindu’s protector God of rice fields in Bali from the dangers of plant hopper and bird pests

Read more “Bali Kite Festival 2018”