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TUMPEK LANDEP "Ceremonies for Metal object in Bali"

Nowadays Tumpek Landep is a ceremonial day at which offerings are made for objects that are made of metal. The ceremonies start in the morning hours at the village temple when people gather for special prayers and blessings. Afterwards, at the home compounds, additional ceremonies and blessings follow at which offerings are made for the holy family keris that most families own, but also for cars and motorbikes. In these modern times, also other objects that contain metal, such as computers, may be subject to these ceremonies. Most Balinese people truly believe that these ceremonies and blessings will bring them luck and keep them safe in traffic. Tragically, at the day of Tumpek Landep the hospitals in Bali show a peak in the treatments of especially motorbike accidents. EthymologyTumpek Landep is High Balinese language. The word tumpek means ‘close (to)’ and the word landep means ‘sharp’. Together it thus translates as ‘close to sharp’. But what does…

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2016

Southeast Asia’s largest and most exciting cultural event will be descending in Ubud on 26 – 30 October 2016. It’s a global gathering of big ideas of extraordinary stories you won’t want to miss. Literary star Hanya Yanagihara on friendship and on writing that which cannot be spoken. Acclaimed novelist and social commentator Lionel Shriver on the power of fiction. Cinema legend Joko Anwar on the rise (and rise) of Indonesian new-wave cinema. Undercover journalist Suki Kim on what lies behind the closed doors of North Korea’s sons. Youth activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied on writing your own story. Pagent Queen Anastasia Lin on beauty with a purpose. Much-loved performer Magda Szubanski on going beyond comedy, to family and a reckoning. Leading foreign correspondent Stan Grant on human dignity and the soul of a nation. Filmmaker and actress Djenar Maesa Ayu on flirting with the chaotic feminine in Indonesia. Artist and musician Jesse Paris Smith on creative activism.…

Temple Anniversary of Sakenan Temple Falls On Every Kuningan Days

Sakenan Temple or ‘Pura Sakenan’ as referred to by locals, is an important temple in the southern region of Bali, perched on the north-western shore of Serangan Island, a small island located 10km south of Denpasar. Once strong for its unique feature of pilgrimages during the 210-day piodalan temple anniversary celebrations with processions leading to the Serangan Island on foot or by traditional wooden boats, reclamations in the 90s have changed the ways, as well as the natural landscape of the island.Sakenan Temple was built in the tenth century by high priest Mpu Kuturan, who arrived in Bali in 1001AD before the fall of the Majapahit Kingdom, on a mission to restructure the socio-religious aspects of the Balinese communities.The temple is comprised of two significant areas, the largest having undergone renovation except for its antique walls around the temple grounds, and a smaller part that retains its olden features. The old temple was built of limestone and corals sourced…

The Second Galungan & Kuningan Day in 2016

The Balinese celebrate the day of Galungan, which commemorates the triumph of Dharma over Adharma, or good against evil, this February 9 to 11. Second in significance after the Nyepi or Saka New Year, this observance comes twice a Gregorian year, as the Balinese use a 210-day calendar system known as the Pawukon that is the basis for their daily rituals, temple anniversaries and holidays. Galungan is celebrated again on September 6-8.his year the Galungan festivity starts on a Tuesday on February 9 and September 6, when bamboo poles decorated with young coconut leaf decorations line the streets all over Bali. This is a unique welcome to Bali if you happen to be on the island around this time, and usually lasts until Kuningan, another associated observance that comes 10 days after on February 20 and September 17. Traditionally, Galungan day sees the slaughtering of pigs for communal feasts, as well as baking traditional rice cakes and erecting iconic 'penjor' bamboo poles.These intricately…

Celuk Jewelry Festival

Celuk Village is formerly as a traditional Balinese village located in the entrance gate of Gianyar Regency ad has changed into a tourist attraction with its trademark in the form of gold and silver.The village located in Sukawati District has the uniqueness and excellent in production of gold and silver handicrafts. Almost all the families and villagers are Balinese who professional, skilled and art soul to develop the creative design and variety of products related to the gold and silvers. This craft village with long historical has been producing gold and silvers that penetrating the local, national and international markets. Various type of jewelry, either as souvenirs or export commodities are produced in this village includes variation type of rings, necklaces, earrings, hairpins, brooch and others. In addition to this, the artisans at Celuk Village are responding to the market demands and also produce the modern products such as medal, models and culture symbols.This year especially…