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10 Famous Festivals In Bali To Cherish The Good Times

 

 

Bali, an elysian escape located in Indonesia dotted with magnificent sceneries, is evolving into a new travel hub. If you are a travel Junkie, Bali's charms must have done your head in for sure, but if you have not been there yet, it undoubtedly deserves a place on your bucket list. The Indonesian island of Bali is known for its beautiful white sand beaches and mesmerising coral reefs, it also encompasses some lively bars in the beachside city of Kuta along with the popular leisurely resort town of Seminyak, Sanur and Nusa Dua. Bali has it all to invigorate your mind. And to make the postcard-worthy destination of Bali a little bit better and a lot more fun we have put together some of the most mind-boggling festivals that will sweep you right off your feet! So check out the list and unveil the other side of Bali to yourself.

1. Bali Arts Festival

10 Famous Festivals In Bali To Cherish The Good Times-1 It can’t get any more colourful than this, yes! The Bali arts festival is a splendour filled extravaganza that can make the most stringent of us jump in joy. The Bali arts festival spans from mid-June to mid-July and showcases the performing arts of Bali. The key highlight of this festival is that not just Bali but all the other islands of Indonesia huddle together to represent their own cultural attributes! The daily exhibitions and art events take place at the Taman Werdhi Budhaya centre in Denpasar. On regular days, a visit to the Denpasar Art Centre is a small tour to admire magnificent sculptures and Balinese architectural features. It's also a venue of choice for photo shoots with exotic backdrops. But throughout the Bali Arts Festival, the complex becomes alive with colourful traditional bamboo and coconut leaf decorations and banners; crowds gather in thousands to witness the cultural exuberance of the festival.

Date: 16th July to 14th June

Venue: Arts centre Denpasar

2. Bali Kite Festival

10 Famous Festivals In Bali To Cherish The Good Times-2 The Bali Kite Festival is an event that takes place annually, between July and August. It started off as an agrarian event-thanking the gods for the bountiful harvest, and it later escalated into a full-fledged festival. The Bali kite festival is the most colourful of all, with numerous kites in vibrant hues swaying in the blue sky, it can light up the sullenest of souls. If you would like to enjoy kite-flying, interacting with the locals as well as the sun and sea, then make your way to Padanggalaka coastal region north of the tourist town of Sanur where locals gather to compete with foreigners in kite flying. If you head down to the beach to watch or take part, you will see a sky filled with kites of all shapes, sizes and colours soaring above the crowded beaches. Prizes are given to the most distinct and creative kites. If you love kites and are a fan of the outdoors, then the Bali Kite Festival is perfect for you.

Date: Between July and August

Venue: Padang Galak Beach

3. Bali Nyepi Day

10 Famous Festivals In Bali To Cherish The Good Times-3 The Nyepi day is the Saka new year and is a new year unlike any other. The Nyepi day is a time for self-reflection and is marked as the day of "Silence". Nobody gets to come in; nobody gets to come out, all activities are brought to a complete halt. The Nyepi day is the "quietest time of the year." Before the Nyepi day starts, the whole of Bali erupts in a festivity; the Ogoh Ogoh Parade is one of the specialities that can be seen before the Nyepi day. The Ogoh Ogoh Parade sees men adorning unique masks and walking through the streets denoting the spiritual cleansing of Bali. Also, the colourful processions that take place before the new year eve make Nyepi at least once in a lifetime affair.

Date: 7th March to 8th March

Venue: The whole island of Bali!

4. Galungan Festival

10 Famous Festivals In Bali To Cherish The Good Times-4 The Galungan festival commemorates the win of good over evil or you can say the triumph of Dharma over Adharma. 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. The legend suggests that Galungan commemorates a Balinese victory that involves the central figures of Indra (the Hindu god of thunder, rain and lightning) and the Balinese king, known as Mayadenawa, who denied his subjects the worship of Hinduism. The Galungan festival sees intricately decorated Bamboos called Penjors installed by the side of roads marking the arrival of the spirits.

Date: 26th December to 5th January

Venue: Tenganan village

5. Nusa Dua Fiesta

10 Famous Festivals In Bali To Cherish The Good Times-5 Nusa Dua Fiesta is for the joyous times! Cultural performances and sporting events to its namesake luxury beach resorts on Bali’s southeast coast. Nusa Dua festival with its different shows showcases the cultural specialities of the place, in line with the festival’s spirit of promoting environmental awareness, day two features a beach clean-up along the coastline. Foodies should look out for the cooking competition held by the Indonesian Chefs Association on the same day, as well as a mixology competition where you can sample a sip from the island’s best bartenders. From the first day to the fifth, every evening is an unforgettable event as bands including national headliners, as well as percussionists and local artists play different genres of music. There are also fashion shows organised by designer boutiques and tenants from the Bali Collection at the main shopping complex in Nusa Dua. The closing day is a latte art competition, an exhibition and a showdown among the island’s best body-painting artists, a unique rendering of Bali’s iconic ‘Kecak’ dance, together with an Indian dance performance. The main spectacle of the closing ceremony is a colossal dance performance called Mentari Pulau Dewata or ‘Sun of the Island of the Gods’. It doesn't end here, the live bands keep up the vibe and conclude this year’s festival before midnight.

Date: 10 October 2018

Venue: BTDC Complex, Nusa Dua

6. Sanur Festival

10 Famous Festivals In Bali To Cherish The Good Times-6 Sanur festival is celebrated by the locals of Sanur Village. Some of the highlights of the Sanur Village Festival include fashion shows, culinary displays, sports competitions, environmental conservation programs and yoga demonstrations. Head to the different culinary stands and sample delicious local cuisine prepared by Balinese experts. Ecological conservation programs are also an essential part of this festival, and there are many activities held to further the environmental conservation efforts such as cleaning the beach, planting corals and planting exotic and endangered plant species. You will also find photography exhibitions, golf tournament, fishing tournament and cycling tour. The family-friendly event also attracts kids with some fun activities such as body painting, beach games and a fun run for the whole family.

Date: 22-26 August

Venue: Pantai Matahari Terbit Sanur, Denpasar

7. Bali Spirit Festival

10 Famous Festivals In Bali To Cherish The Good Times-7 Bali Spirit Festival 2018 was jampacked with 6,000 festival-goers from various countries, who descended upon the festival’s outdoor festival funds. The festival's concept is rooted in ‘Tri Hita Karana’, a Balinese concept that symbolizes the harmonious relationship between spirituality, society and the natural environment. In all, the festival sets out for making a positive change and echoing messages of love and peace worldwide. International instructors mastering various yoga styles, from Hatha, Tantra, Mantra, Prana flow, Anusara, Yin, Kundalini, Vinyasa, Ashtanga to many others and even ‘laughing yoga’ that proved a big highlight at past events. The yoga events also become a great chance for budding practitioners to meet up with and be inspired by new friends while improving their own styles. Besides full workshops, a daytime event to check out during the festival is the Dharma Fair, an engaging scene full of health product bazaars with local organic food stalls, a kids’ zone where little ones can play and do fun yoga, and a stage that showcases various world music bands and soloists who help keep up the vibes throughout these daytime gatherings.

Date: 24th to 31st March

Venue: Ubud, Bali

8. Perang Pandan

10 Famous Festivals In Bali To Cherish The Good Times-8 Perang Pandan festival is a unique cultural retreat and a coming of age festival i.e it marks boys turning into men. The ritual is dedicated to the Hindu god of war and the sky, Indra. It sees friendly duels between all male villagers. The men dress in traditional wear and fight each other armed with a small rattan shield in one hand and a tied packet of thorny 'pandan' leaves in the other. The men gear up for fighting with each other with the leaves until they can't go on after the battle is finished. After the fight, natural medicinal herbs and turmeric are smeared to the wounds and scratches. The Perang Pandan is a unique cohort of Balinese unity, spirituality and culture.

Date: June 8 or June 30

Venue: Tenganan village

9. Lively Legian Festival

10 Famous Festivals In Bali To Cherish The Good Times-9 Organized by the lively Legian community, the lively Legian festival holds true to its name. It is a fun-filled bonanza that attracts travellers from all over the world with fun-filled games, competitions, exhibitions and bazaars over the course of four days. Traditional dances on the sand, surfing lessons at extremely low prices, art installations, bartending flairs, food trucks ants are all part of this festival. The lively Legian festival is an excellent way to indulge yourself while picking up your favourite things for your way back home. If you are visiting Bali during this festival period, not just the landscapes but the culture will take over your mind as well as your heart.

Date: 26th to 29th August

Venue: Legian Island

10. Bestival Bali Music Festival

10 Famous Festivals In Bali To Cherish The Good Times-10 The Bestival Bali music festival is quickly making its way ahead with its incredible 2-day Inaugural event in 2017, with artists from all over the world. Finding its second home in Bali after blitzing in the U.K., the Bestival Bali music festival will have you tapping your feet to the beat and screaming to the chorus. It is a fiesta of quality music that will get you up on your feet, dancing to the rhythm with like-minded people. The Bestival Bali features some amazing bands with cutting-edge stage production combined with stunning laser and visual effects and, most importantly, quality sound systems to pump out the tracks from the heavyweight performers and all this at the jaw-droppingly beautiful Venue! The Bestival Bali music festival is a once in lifetime kind of deal that no one in their right mind would want to miss.

Date: 29th to 30th September

Venue: Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Cultural Park

These festivals explore the cultural, spiritual and the musical side of Bali. If you are looking for amazing experiences, do plan your holidays keeping the dates of these festivals in mind. Check out our Bali Tour Packages for more details.

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