Balinese villages urged to stick to local fruits for ceremonies

Imported fruits are apparently being used more and more commonly in Balinese ceremonies in this age of globalization. Ceremonies are a major aspect of Balinese Hindu culture and offerings often take the form of fruit. To give local fruit a fighting chance against the imported stuff, Desa Adat, traditional villages in Bali in charge of

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Bali banks shut down as the island’s Hindus celebrate Galungan

Just about a week after Nyepi, the Balinese New Year and ‘Day of Silence’, the island now turns its focus to another major holiday. Banks, government agencies, educational...

Bali banks shut down as the island’s Hindus celebrate Galungan

Men stopped on motorbike in Kuta during Nyepi plead ignorance, made to clean neighborhood as punishment

The young men from Sumbawa who were stopped for casually riding a motorbike in Kua during Nyepi say they had no idea they were breaking any rules. The two men were stopped by...

Men stopped on motorbike in Kuta during Nyepi plead ignorance, made to clean neighborhood as punishment

Nyepi Stabbing: Bali pecalang attacked, allegedly over cigarette

A traditional Balinese security guard (pecalang) was stabbed in the early hours of Wednesday morning, as Nyepi was coming to a close. For the Balinese New Year, Nyepi, a Day of...

Nyepi Stabbing: Bali pecalang attacked, allegedly over cigarette

Pecalang beat up during Nyepi in Denpasar, Bali after stopping man cruising on bicycle

It apparently wasn’t all quiet and peace during the “Day of Silence” on the Balinese Hindu New Year, Nyepi this year. Ketut Warta, a pecalang, traditional neighborhood...

Pecalang beat up during Nyepi in Denpasar, Bali after stopping man cruising on bicycle

Over 500 Hindu inmates across Indonesia granted remissions for Nyepi

A number of Hindu prisoners in Indonesia are receiving prison sentence remissions in honor of the Balinese Hindu New Year, Nyepi, which fell on Tuesday. It’s customary in...

Over 500 Hindu inmates across Indonesia granted remissions for Nyepi

Starry Night: Bali powers down for a day, gorgeous clear-night photos proliferate

Once a year, something magical happens in Bali. A post shared by @eleyfully on Mar 28, 2017 at 11:55pm PDT The Indonesian island celebrates the Balinese Hindu New Year, Nyepi. The...

Starry Night: Bali powers down for a day, gorgeous clear-night photos proliferate

Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport back to business after shutdown for Nyepi

Ngurah Rai International Airport opened right back up again on Wednesday morning after taking a break in operations for the Balinese holy day, Nyepi. The airport was shut down for...

Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport back to business after shutdown for Nyepi

Day of Silence in Bali: At least four tourists caught wandering Kuta streets during Nyepi

Bali fell silent on Tuesday morning as the island powered down for the Balinese Hindu New Year Nyepi, the ‘Day of Silence,’ where people must stay inside, keep lights off, and...

Day of Silence in Bali: At least four tourists caught wandering Kuta streets during Nyepi

Jl. Legian, major road in Bali tourist area, closed early for Ogoh-Ogoh parade

Jl. Legian, the main street in the heart of Bali tourist town Kuta, got shut down early on Monday afternoon, ahead of the Ogoh-Ogoh parade. Tuesday marks the Balinese New Year...

Jl. Legian, major road in Bali tourist area, closed early for Ogoh-Ogoh parade

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.