A month or so before the D-Day, every village prepares demonic effigies made of papier-mâché and bamboo called ogoh-ogoh. Those are taken by hand to the main island cross sections where they are put to fire while others make noise and play music to chase away the demons for another year. As Dajuma’s staff comes from 2 villages, there is a kind of soft competition between them by which people are selected to carry the best Ogoh-Ogoh in the area.
Bali is well known for the importance of the Hindu religion which is part of everyone’s life in the island. As such, rituals are common in Bali and some of them keep Balinese people busy in a way that looks very unusual to foreigners. This is why we thought it might be of interest to our readers to get a better insight into one of these : Nyepi (silence day). This consists in a series of rituals that will be described in the next three blog posts. The first one is Melasti Ritual, 4 days before Nyepi. It is dedicated to Sanghyang Widhi Wasa, the “All-In-One God” or supreme god of Indonesian Hinduism, a term invented in the 1930s by Christian missionaries to describe the Christian god to the Balinese. Thousands of white dressed Hindu people bring all the ceremonies equipment and the symbol of gods (spears, banners, statues, …) to the sea or other water sources that are believed by Hindus as a place to purify everyone’s heart or soul and all other elements in the universe. Melasti’s ceremony is supposed to keep people and things away from bad influences. Dajuma’s team went to the village temple together with 3000 people in the morning. Later in the afternoon, our team carried out the same smaller scale ceremony in Dajuma’s sea temple. The next couple of days, all the community will be busy preparing more offerings for rituals. Next week, we shall explain Ogoh-Ogoh, the evening before Nyepi or Silent day.
Every year in March, takes place in Berlin, the world leading travel trade show. The 2013 edition was scheduled from March 6th to 10th. and Indonesia was the official partner country. This year, for the first time, the International fair was opened by Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel and by H.E. Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President of the Republic of Indonesia. 8 million people visited Indonesia in 2012. About 120 exhibitors represented Indonesia during ITB 2013. Dajuma has been participating since 2002. Every year, ITB offers new opportunities to promote Dajuma and to meet travel agents who search for exclusive and very unique resorts for their guests, faraway from Bali crowded South. 10 thousand kilometers from our peaceful Pekutatan, Puri Dajuma is proud to support his great team by sharing in ITB Dajuma’s breakthrough in its world class hospitality services with its historical and new partners!
Last week, we had the privilege to welcome a group of 12 brave cyclists (8 men, 4 women) from The Rotary Club of Taiwan, traveling from Kuta to Dajuma in a single day (80km). The challenge was organized by one of the oldest Taiwanese tour operator in Bali: J.F.Y Tour. The tour leader, Mr. Darwin Richard has been working and living in Bali for 11 years. He was only 16 year old when he started his business, making him the youngest Taiwanese tour guide based in Bali: what a passion! To re-envigorate the team, Dajuma’s chef prepared a nice Balinese buffet dinner on the grass, accompanied by Gambalan music. All the team enjoyed the sunset, sitting in circle to talk and exchange experiences in our peaceful and inspiring tropical garden. The next morning, they continued their journey towards Lovina. The cycling tour will end in Candidasa. The last leg of the tour will be done by bus and they will enjoy their last night in Sanur before taking the plane back to Taipei. Though their stay was rather short, we are sure they could feel the essence of real Bali while staying with us. They should have stayed one more night so as to experience some of the most Bali representative trails around here. We wish them a safe ride and trip back to Taiwan with not only soared legs but also with the mind filled with nice souvenirs of Bali and Dajuma.