This week, exactly March 22, Bali will commemorate its Saka new year according to the Balinese calendar. It is a very strong period in Balinese life, marked by unique festivities in the world. The day before, it is the parades of gigantic models made of wood and paper called Ogoh-Ogoh which have requested months of careful preparation in every village. The more hideous they are, the better, because their vocation is to get rid of evil spirits. The next day, it’s Nyepi, the day of silence intended for reflection on oneself. It impresses tourists so much because everything stops in the island, including the airport. The Balinese remain cloistered at home, many activities are prohibited such as lighting fires, no work, no entertainment or pleasure, no trip; and, for some, no conversation or eating at all. A fascinating tradition that makes our guests think a lot! Enjoy it!
On the photo, Stiven (Kindergarten pupil), the son of our Front Desk supervisor Agus, participated in his village in a Balinese story telling competition. Since five years In February, all the villages in Bali are used to hold a special event called Bulan Bahasa Bali, initiated by the government of Bali in order to preserve the Balinese culture as well as its dialect. In every village, all the elementary schools as well as the kindergarten have to choose their representative to participate in this event. The competition consists in Balinese story telling, writing or reading Balinese letters, singing traditional & sacred Balinese songs (Geguritan), poems and dances. Well done Stiven and congratulations for having been chosen!