Mass interfaith prayers held in Bali in wake of Surabaya attacks

People of different religions in Bali have banded together to pray collectively for the numerous victims of a series of attacks on the Indonesian island of Java and now the subsequent suspected terrorist attack in Sumatra. The island of Bali may be predominantly Hindu, but there are residents of multiple faiths living in peaceful coexistence, praying that ...

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Vlogger profusely apologizes, realizing sacrilegious error in his ways after video of climb up Balinese temple goes viral

Vlogger profusely apologizes, realizing sacrilegious error in his ways after video of climb up Balinese temple goes viral

A Spanish vlogger says he is deeply sorry for his ignorance and disrespect after his own footage of himself climbing up on a Balinese temple quickly went viral on Wednesday...

Balinese men busted for driving motorcycles during final hours of Nyepi

Balinese men busted for driving motorcycles during final hours of Nyepi

Two men were busted for driving motorcycles in Bali in the final hours of Nyepi, the Balinese Hindu New Year and ‘Day of Silence’ and had to be pursued in a chase by pecalang,...

Thousands file out of Bali via port to skip ‘Day of Silence’

Thousands file out of Bali via port to skip ‘Day of Silence’

Thousands of people have been filing out of Bali via the Port of Gilimanuk on the island’s west coast in anticipation of the fast approaching Hindu New Year, Nyepi. Vehicles...

Balinese Hindus flock to island’s beaches for Melasti ritual, tradition ahead of ‘Day of Silence’ (PHOTOS)

Balinese Hindus flock to island’s beaches for Melasti ritual, tradition ahead of ‘Day of Silence’ (PHOTOS)

Balinese Hindus flocked to the island’s shores on Wednesday to mark Melasti, a speical ceremony held annually before the island goes into its ‘Day of Silence’ for Nyepi,...

Bali going quiet for ‘Day of Silence’

Bali going quiet for ‘Day of Silence’

Indonesia’s bustling tourist island Bali is set to go quiet with Internet service and flights temporarily halted for a “Day of Silence”, while young people get...

Bali airport closed 24 hours for Hindu ‘Day of Silence’ Nyepi but almost 400 people on standby in case of emergency

Bali airport closed 24 hours for Hindu ‘Day of Silence’ Nyepi but almost 400 people on standby in case of emergency

Bali’s airport, I Gusti Ngurah Rai International will be closed for 24 hours in line with the Balinese Hindu New Year, Nyepi. Every year as Balinese Hindus power down, stay...

Mobile data, not internet service providers, to be blocked in Bali during Nyepi

Mobile data, not internet service providers, to be blocked in Bali during Nyepi

Bali’s going offline this year for Nyepi, the fast approaching Balinese Hindu New Year and “Day of Silence.” But only sort of. There have been plenty of international...

Internet shutdown?: PHDI pushing for all wifi to be ‘turned off’ in Bali during Hindu new year, Nyepi but internet blackout not yet confirmed

Internet shutdown?: PHDI pushing for all wifi to be ‘turned off’ in Bali during Hindu new year, Nyepi but internet blackout not yet confirmed

Bali just might be experiencing an island-wide internet shutdown on March 17 in time for the Balinese Hindu New Year and “Day of Silence,” aka Nyepi, if Hindu...

Ubud Royal Family cremation attracts Megawati, Indonesian ministers and tourists

Ubud Royal Family cremation attracts Megawati, Indonesian ministers and tourists

A member of Ubud’s royal family was cremated in Bali on Friday with a processional ritual that attracted much of Ubud along with the likes of former Indonesian president...


 

Coconuts Bali Religion

Religion is such a major part of life for most Balinese, but the topic doesn’t tend to make the news that often because of the harmonious nature of the island. Balinese predominantly practice Hinduism, which is extremely evident here with the temples on every corner and canang sari offerings on every street. Big Hindu holidays though often stop the island and demand attention from all—Nyepi, the Balinese Hindu New Year and “Day of Silence”, literally does this as the whole island is mandated to power down and cut electricity and stay inside. You can also find Christians, Buddhists, and Muslims, on the whole living peacefully in Bali amongst Hindus.