There is a tree in South East Asia that is unlike any other in terms of size and beauty. Even its name is not ordinary. It is the Flamboyant which was borrowed from French into English in the 19th century, so aptly named because its immense racemes of scarlet and orange flowers that really resemble the flames of a fire. In Bali it is the season of their flowering and everywhere you can see their colorful conflagration. In Dajuma, we particularly like this tree native to Madagascar. Our gardeners take special care of it and will be delighted to present it to you during your next stay, which we hope to be near!
Handicraft is one of the many facets of Balinese culture. In all villages one can find craftsman able to create lovely objects by working stone, wood, leather, grass or shells.
Close to Dajuma, is the village of Medewi, renowned for its surfing spot but not only. This week, we are happy to honor Yudi who, for 6 years, has been making magnificent pieces of craftsmanship that he sells from his worshop in Medewi by the main road, but also on the Internet. He also send his products to some art shops in Ubud, Kuta and many more. With his workers, he creates nice products made of grass (they said rapiah grass), yarns, and some shell. On the picture is Marwan one of the worker. An interesting place to visit to appreciate the creativity and skill of Balinese artisans next time you visit us!
From November 10 to 20, like every 210 days, Bali celebrates the Balinese New Year with 2 major highlights called Galungan (November 10) and Kunigan (November 20). During this festive period, all the gods of Bali, including Supreme Deity Sanghyang Widi, descend to earth to celebrate the creation of the universe and the victory of good over evil. The Balinese believe that their ancestors came back to earth to participate in the festivities, have fun, and enjoy the offerings.
To prepare Galungan, 6 days before, the Balinese carry out 2 purification rituals called Sugihan Jawa and Sugihan Bali. Sugihan Jawa has nothing to do with the island of Java and is called so because it was a tradition that originated from the Majapahit Empire. On this day, the Balinese present offerings to “cleanse” the universe (Bhuana Agung / Macrocosm) and usually come to the temples of the village (three main temples) to pray.
5 days before Galungan on a Friday, it is the Sugihan Bali ritual. It’s similar to Sugihan Jawa, but this time the Balinese “cleanse” themselves (Bhuana Alit / Microcosm) and pray at home. Both of these ceremonies are really important to do, indicating that we are ready to welcome Galungan with a clean and holy nature and spirit. In the photo, the majestic “penjors” which adorn the streets for Galungan. A masterpiece of beauty and spirituality!
Bali is also famous for the beauty of its rice fields. The pandemic crisis has made us nostalgic about this. In Dajuma, we are fortunate to be surrounded by magnificent rice fields which are cultivated all year round with several harvests per year, depending on climatic conditions. What makes them special is the proximity of the volcanic slopes and the sea. We therefore offer several excursions in total immersion with local farmers who teach us how to plant or harvest rice. Parents and children love to discover the practices of this ancestral culture. Would you like to try?
After Eka (civil engineer 2019) and Novi (bachelor in management 2018) it is this week the turn of Anggun, daughter of our director Alit to brilliantly graduate from the University of Pharmacy of Denpasar. She had already been talked about this year (see our blog of May 17, 2021) by receiving a gold medal in the competition organized by the Association of Young Indonesian Scientists. Here she is, ready for a great career in the key sector of the pharmaceutical industry. Congratulations dear Anggun (third from the left on the picture)!