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Pagerwesi Ceremony in Bali

The first four of the new Pawukon cycle are special religious days and most Balinese people in the northern part of the island will celebrate it feverishly. The day is called Pagerwesi. Pagerwesi Day, which falls on Wednesday, Buda Kliwon Sinta (Balinese Calendar), is the third most celebrated holidays in Bali after Galungan and Nyepi Day. Balinese Hindus celebrate Pagerwesi every six months (210 days) according to the pawukon calendar systems.Literally the mean of Pagerwesi means ‘iron fence’. Pager (fence) and Wesi (iron) – and reflects the purpose of this important event, it is the day to strengthen one’s fortification against evil. The correlation between Pagerwesi and Saraswati day is that knowledge is so powerful that it must be protected from the bad influence.Pagerwesi is dedicate to honour Siva, the God Manifestation as Hyangn Pramesti Guru (the main Guru), and has a very close relationship with Saraswati day. It falls three days after Saraswati day, and…

Mekare - kare "Pandanus War" Tradition at Tenganan Village

Tenganan Village or better known as Tenganan Pegringsingan is one of many ancient villages on the Island of Bali. Life pattern of the community reflects the culture and customs of Bali Aga (pre-Hindu) tradition being different from other villages in Bali.On that account, Tenganan Village is developed into one of the objects and cultural tourist attractions. Tenganan Pegringsingan sits in the Manggis Subdistrict, about 17 km from Amlapura town—regency capital of Karangasem—5 km from ??Candidasa tourist resort, and about 65 km east of Denpasar. Another attraction owned by Tenganan Village is the Mekare-kare ritual tradition or better known as ‘pandanus war.’Mekaré-kare is the culmination of a series of Ngusaba Sambah ceremonial procession held in June lasting for 30 days. During a month long procession, the Mekaré-kare event is organized for 2-4 times and each event will be accompanied with the presentation of offerings to the ancestors. Mekaré-kare…

Pesta Kesenian Bali "The Bali Art Festival" 2016

The Bali Arts Festival is a cultural treat for lucky visitors who are in Bali until mid July. The festival traditionally starts on the second Saturday of June and runs through the month of July. It is the perfect moment to witness Bali’s wealth of performing arts together with various cultural highlights from other islands in Indonesia. As one of the main highlights in Bali’s calendar of events, the annual celebration features various artworks and cultural achievements, inviting locals and international visitors to the Taman Werdhi Budaya Arts Centre in Denpasar where most of the daily exhibitions and art performances are focused.On regular days, a visit to the Denpasar Art Centre is a small tour to admire magnificent sculptures and Balinese architectural features as well as a venue of choice for photo shoots with exotic backdrops. But throughout the Bali Arts Festival in June and July, the complex becomes alive with colourful traditional bamboo and coconut leaf decorations…

The Royal Cremation in Ubud Palace held on May 8th, 2016

Cremation or ngaben is a common ritual organized by Balinese Hindu community. However, the cremation taking place at Ubud Grand Palace is relatively different. In addition to being unique, the royal cremation performed by the descendants of the royal family draws many local people and foreign travelers. Cremation belongs to Pitri Yajna or a ceremony devoted to ancestral spirits as an obligation to the ancestors of the Hindus. It aims at cleansing the spirit of the deceased person by cremation at cemetery. For a royal family, the cremation generally has the same meaning. The difference only lies in the tradition as referring to the concept of desa (place), kala (time) and patra (situation). One of the royal families of the Ubud Grand Palace, Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati, said the royal cremation held at Ubud Palace actually had the same general purpose. “In Hinduism, we know Tri Rna (three debts to be paid) namely the debt to God, debt to ancestors and debt to teacher. Well,…

Beauty Treatment with Bali Coffee and Chocolate

Our skin is constantly reinventing itself, shedding dead cells and generating new ones. Unfortunately, those old cells remain on the surface of the skin, dulling its appearance and contributing to blotchy, uneven tones. Exfoliation, an essential step in any skin care regiment, loosens and removes those cells, encouraging new cell growth and eliminating clogged hair follicles while cleansing and balancing the skin. Indonesia produce some of the world’s finest coffees, from the robust beans harvested from the mountainous slopes of Kintamani, to exotic blends from Papua New Guinea, and richly flavoured Lombok coffee.The coarse nature of ground coffee beans makes it an excellent choice for body scrubs as it  arouses skin cells, thus improving circulation and helping flush away toxins. A scrub will also remove dead skin and firm and tone those areas prone to cellulite. Effects are enhanced when mixed with honey which is antibacterial, rich in antioxidants and delightfully soothing…