Don’t you dare take a selfie in Bali during Hindu holiday, Nyepi

Put that phone down during Nyepi and don’t even think twice about posting selfies online during the Balinese holiday Nyepi, the Balinese Hindu new year, is Bali’s ‘Day of Silence’, when everyone on the island—Hindu or not—is expected to power down People stay inside, lights are not supposed to be seen from the street (if you’re really Balinese Hindu, you’re not using lights in the first place), and...

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Heavy rain knocks trees onto Ubud’s Sangeh Temple

At least nine large trees have reportedly fallen onto Sangeh Temple in Ubud, apparently causing significant damage to the Balinese place of worship  Heavy rainfall coming...

Heavy rain knocks trees onto Ubud’s Sangeh Temple

Kofi Annan to speak at Bali Democracy Forum

The annual Bali Democracy Forum has some big names poised to speak at this year’s conference, among them, former United Nations secretary general, Ghanaian diplomat, Kofi...

Kofi Annan to speak at Bali Democracy Forum

Camels, snakes, and other animals honored in Bali Hindu ritual

Balinese paid their respects to members of the animal kingdom on Saturday, as part of a Bali Hindu ritual  Bali Safari and Marine Park marked the occasion, bringing...

Camels, snakes, and other animals honored in Bali Hindu ritual

Lembongan community prepares for big religious ceremony following ‘Yellow Bridge’ collapse

A Balinese Hindu cleansing ceremony is being planned by local religious authorities in Lembongan following the collapse of the bridge earlier this week  The “Yellow...

Lembongan community prepares for big religious ceremony following ‘Yellow Bridge’ collapse

Mother-son stabbing: Denpasar temple well in need of purification after alleged murder weapon cast inside

A well in a Denpasar Balinese temple will need to be drained and purified now that the alleged murder weapon used in a stabbing has been found there  Bali police have...

Mother-son stabbing: Denpasar temple well in need of purification after alleged murder weapon cast inside

WATCH: Amazing bird’s eye-view of Galungan holiday in Bali

One of the most beautiful times of the year in Bali is the Hindu holiday Galungan, when the island is covered in offerings, long penjor bamboo poles line the streets, and Balinese...

WATCH: Amazing bird’s eye-view of Galungan holiday in Bali

Hindus celebrate Galungan holy day in Bali

The holy Balinese feast day Galungan is upon us this fine Wednesday  Twice a year, Hindus get together with the family to celebrate the victory of good (dharma) over...

Hindus celebrate Galungan holy day in Bali

Police and pecalang get ready for Bali’s big Galungan holiday

On the eve of the major Balinese holiday Galungan, police are accepting help from pecalang in securing the island  In addition to monitoring ceremonial processions,...

Police and pecalang get ready for Bali’s big Galungan holiday

West Bali amps up ID checking after Lebaran

Lebaran travelers making their way back to Bali from Java via Gilimanuk can expect to get their IDs checked for real in the coming days Anticipating the wave of people coming...

West Bali amps up ID checking after Lebaran

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.