Hundreds attend mass prayers as Bali prepares to reopen amid pandemic

The first phase of Bali's so-called "new normal" would begin this coming Thursday at the local level. 

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Indonesian woman faces blasphemy charge for dancing in the middle of prayer in TikTok video

Indonesian woman faces blasphemy charge for dancing in the middle of prayer in TikTok video

A young woman in Central Lombok regency, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) was apprehended by the authorities last night over her viral TikTok video, which may see her charged under...

Bali authorities officially cancel plans to hold Nyepi-like observance to curb spread of COVID-19

Bali authorities officially cancel plans to hold Nyepi-like observance to curb spread of COVID-19

Following a heated polemic that’s mostly taken place online over plans to hold a Nyepi-like observance in Bali to curb the spread of COVID-19, authorities on the island today...

Bali plans to hold Nyepi-like observance to curb COVID-19 spread

Bali plans to hold Nyepi-like observance to curb COVID-19 spread

Bali province’s Majelis Desa Adat, or traditional village council, says there are plans to hold a Nyepi-like observance later this month as part of an effort to curb the spread...

‘You have no law’: foreigner chained after insisting he isn’t breaking rule for jogging during Nyepi

‘You have no law’: foreigner chained after insisting he isn’t breaking rule for jogging during Nyepi

At least one person didn't bother to follow the rules during Nyepi this year.

‘Don’t panic’: religious authorities call for calm as reports of ‘supernatural warning’ from Bali temple fuel local superstitions

‘Don’t panic’: religious authorities call for calm as reports of ‘supernatural warning’ from Bali temple fuel local superstitions

Religious authorities in Bali have called on local residents to remain calm, following viral news that the drum tower at a temple in Klungkung regency sounded itself and fueling...

Ordination Mass in East Nusa Tenggara draws hundreds despite COVID-19 warnings

Ordination Mass in East Nusa Tenggara draws hundreds despite COVID-19 warnings

The viral disease threat that has not missed Indonesia evidently did not serve as an adequate deterrent for worshippers from attending the mass gathering. 

Bali internet shutdown for Nyepi to go ahead, ‘vital’ services exempted

Bali internet shutdown for Nyepi to go ahead, ‘vital’ services exempted

The statement comes following rising concerns over access to information amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bali authorities to limit Nyepi celebrations following social distancing advisory

Bali authorities to limit Nyepi celebrations following social distancing advisory

Authorities seem to expect that local residents will still adhere to previous advisories from the central and provincial governments amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. 

More than 1,000 pigs slaughtered for Balinese holiday Galungan amid mass swine deaths from mystery disease

More than 1,000 pigs slaughtered for Balinese holiday Galungan amid mass swine deaths from mystery disease

Though the mass pig deaths in Bali in recent weeks have been a major cause for concern for citizens of the island, demand for pig meat seems to be bouncing back thanks to the...


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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.