This week a major event occurred near Dajuma, at the very sacred temple of Rambut Siwi, the famous temple of the lock of hair. Event that only takes place every 38 years called “Kaya Agung Menawa Ratna” and which is supposed to remind humans we are that we live in a finite world where health and prosperity are not a given. Message that takes all its value in this period of pandemic. Usually many to celebrate this event together, this time the Balinese had to stay at home and pray with their families to prevent the spread of variants of the virus.
Nyepi is fast approaching. On March 15th a new year will begin in Bali, preceded by the famous “day of silence”. It is celebrated every Isakawarsa (Saka New Year) according to the Balinese calendar. It is a day of silence, fasting and meditation for the Balinese. A lot of rituals are part of the celebration of Nyepi Day. The most famous is Ogoh-ogoh and the Melasti (purification ceremony). Because of the pandemic, the celebration of Nyepi has been restricted, all the ritual must be done by a limited number of persons, people cannot get involved and must pray from their family temple. Despite these restrictions, Nyepi remains a major moment in Balinese life and a fascinating experience for foreigners visiting Bali. Dajuma is the perfect place where to celebrate Nyepi. We prepared a specific package which will help you discovering this so special tradition, unique in the world.
Happy Nyepi Day and Happy New Year Saka 1943.
At the end of 2020, one of our family at Dajuma, Sumawa also known as Bulleh and his wife shared a great moment of their son’s wedding. The wedding took place at one of supreme priest house in Yeh Embang Village. Due to the pandemic, the wedding was held simply, no crowded party and has been following the health protocol recommended by the authorities.
Bulleh’s son, Wayan Wiranata was a former trainee at our restaurant. He married Ni Kadek Fitriani Dewi. Their wedding ceremony was a bit different, since Fitriani is muslim. She had to do one step called Sudi Widani ceremony before the wedding. By performing this ceremony she has legally become a Hindu.
As usual, one day before the wedding day, the other Dajuma’s family attended the wedding reception, to congratulate the couple and their family. In normal situation, we usually invite our guests to participate in such a ceremony nearby the hotel, to immerge in the so rich Balinese culture and surrounding people.
The Jembrana Hindu Youth Communication Forum held an event entitled “Hindu Students Gathering”. All the Junior High Schools (public schools) in Jembrana delegated their students (male and female) to participate in this event. It took place at Satria Mandala Stadium in Pekutatan, 10 minutes from Dajuma, from November 7th to 10th, 2019 with the participation of 200 students. Each group built a beautiful and well decorated tent. This event had a lot of competitive activities such as traditional games, preparation of Hindu ceremonies, cooking traditional cuisine, Balinese decoration, Balinese story-telling, painting, writing Balinese letters in sanscrit, art performances, etc. In front of the tent of each group, they also prepared a small exhibition of local handicraft. This event aims at fostering the preservation of Balinese culture in all Hindu students, in particular two major features of hinduism which are love and responsibility. Using our free shuttle service, one of our guest, Birgit visited this event. She was happy to meet the students and discover their creativity and commitment to Hinduism. Well done guys!
On September 25th, Dajuma was happy to celebrate a special event, the wedding of our front desk officer Astari with Riski, previously cook at Dajuma and now teacher at the Negara Hotel School. One day before the celebration, according to the Balinese custom, the families of the fiances invited their relatives to a joyful party in Astari’s family house, located close to Dajuma. And on September 25th was the wedding ceremony, where some of our guests were invited to join and congratulate the young married. We are used to inform our guests about ceremonies around the hotel and pleased to invite them, if they would like to participate in. A day after the wedding day (September 26th ) was the wedding reception at Riski’s house and all of our staff came to attend it. Congratulations Astari and Risky! Our best wishes of happyness!
Kulkul is a traditional communication tool of the Balinese people. It is a big wooden bell installed at the top of decorated towers erected in the middle of each village in Bali. Inherited from the ancestors one can find it in every traditional organization in Bali. It is used like an alarm for Balinese people and, depending on the number of strikes on the bell, has different meanings such as invitations to regular meetings of the villagers, ceremony preparations or natural disasters. Besides having a role in the lives of Balinese people, Kulkul is also used in smaller size, as a musical instrument in several art performances. This is what is shown on the picture this week. Dajuma is used to organise entertainments combining traditional Balinese music (Jegog) and dances. At the end of the show, our guests are invited to come on stage and play the Kukul instrument with our musicians. They love it!
Last week, on March 11th, two of our staff get married, Dina our sales and marketing supervisor and Nengah, waiter at our restaurants. According to the Balinese tradition they were wearing the so beautiful and traditional wedding dress called “Payas Agung”. All their families, friends and colleagues from Dajuma were around them to celebrate this unique moment. You will certainly recognize their smiles on the picture. Dina (right) with her husband Jordy and Nengah (right) with his wife Indrayani. Congratulations to the four of you! We wish you all the happyness of the world!
In Bali there are three famous public temples called Jagatnatha Temples respectively located in Denpasar, Buleleng and Jembrana regencies.
In Jembrana regency, it is situated in Negara City, 25 km from Dajuma. Its erection started in 1996 and was completed in 2002. This one has several specific features compared with the others: a very beautiful architecture and, above all, a 40 meters high « Padmasana » (looking like a tower), which makes it the highest among the three temples. In this temple the people worships Sang Hyang Jagatnatha as the king and the protector of the Universe. The most important ceremony is held once a year (second full moon of Balinese calendar), the Hindu people prays in this temple not only during the temple ceremony but also in other holy days. In the Nista Mandala (outside area) of the temple there is an open stage that is usually used for performing Balinese dances, traditional music and other arts. It also has a beautiful garden. Jembrana government is currently developing a 5.4 hectares piece of land, behind the JagatnathaTemple, as a botanical garden which is still under construction and is targeted to be completed by the end of this year. A holy place which definitively deserves to be visited next time you decide to come over!
This week took place at Dajuma the wedding of Melinda and Andrew. 68 guests celebrated this union in Dajuma’ garden. After the wedding vow declared by the bride and groom in front of the witnesses, they exchanged their rings. The weds accompanied by their families and friends were then invited to the beach to enjoy a sunset cocktail party, while signing their wedding certificate. A delicious dinner was served followed by a live music and some surprise videos from their friends displayed on screen, all in a very festive and warm atmosphere. Our sincere congratulations to Melinda and Andrew! Thank you for having chosen Dajuma for this so important event in life!
On March 31st, took place an important ceremony at Dajuma, called Piodalan / Puja Wali, aimed at honoring our main temple. Every temple in Bali has its own Piodalan day, based on when the temple was inaugurated. Two references are used to determine the day of the Piodalan, which can be either based on Pawukon (Balinese weekly calendar), in this case the ceremony will be held twice a year or based on Sasih (Saka Calendar) for which the ceremony will be held once a year (mostly on full moon day).
Our lovely temple at Dajuma has its Piodalan on the full moon of the tenth month (Purnama Kedasa) every year and this year it was on 31st March 2018. Piodalan is like anniversary for the temple, its purpose being to keep the balance of the 3 relations which is creates the harmony of the life according to the Tri Hita Karana philosophy: harmony between the human and the God, harmony between the human and environment and harmony between humans themselves. On the pictures, our staff beautifully dressed with ceremony clothes, accompanied by our guests immersed in the heart of the Balinese culture.