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Jln Padma Legian back in 1979

Its Hard to believe this is Jln Padma Legian back in 1979
Undeveloped agricultural area with a small village.
This is the entrance of padma street lined with trees with a few shops and no traffic. Bali village life at its best! Travel to the end of Padma and the story of Bali Mandira Beach Resort & Spa began as it broke ground in 1980.

Galungan – Welcoming the Spirits Home

Galungan

The whole island of Bali is preparing for Galungan. This year Galungan starts on February 1st.

Galungan is the most important feast for Balinese Hindus, a celebration to honor the creator of the universe (Ida Sang Hyang Widi) and the spirits of the honored ancestors.

The festival symbolizes the victory of good (Dharma) over evil (Adharma), and encourages the Balinese to show their gratitude to the creator and sainted ancestors.

The tenth day after Galungan – “Kuningan” – marks the end of Galungan, and is believed to be the day when the spirits ascend back to heaven. On this day, Balinese make special offerings of yellow rice.

You can read more about the importance of Galungan and Kuningan  and about all the preparations here.

Nyepi Day – March 23rd

Nyepi Day

March 23rd, Nyepi Day. The Island of the Gods will remain silent for 24 hours. Room service will be open for our guests until midnight. The menu will be limited.

Nyepi or in Balinese language mean sepi (Silent, quiet). This celebration is coming once a year based on Balinese calender (caka kalender).

Nyepi Day is the way of Balinese people celebrate or welcoming the New Year. This procession meaning is to make self introspection with yoga or meditation.

There are 4 things prohibited to do during the Nyepi day on 23 March 2012, 06 : 00 Am to 24 march 2012 , 06: 00 Am (24 Hours)

  • Not Working (the people who stay in Bali during this day is prohibited to work)
  • Not Traveling (people in Bali is not allowed going out from their houses or hotel)
  • Not party celebration (the people must keep the surrounding quite, no noise and no music)
  • Not turning on the lights (All the lights must be turned off during the night of Nyepi Day)

Exceptions:

  • The hotels which is accommodate the tourist are having dispensation to turn on the light during the night of Nepi Day, but will be limited
  • The Hospital is still open

Nyepi Day is coming every year, commonly held during March or April in each year, based on Balinese Calender.

Melasti Ceremony passed by Bali Mandira

Melasti Ceremony

Yesterday we had Melasti ceremony, or purification of the Pratima, one of the most important ceremonies in Hindu rituals. Melasti is generally done three days before Nyepi day or it depends to the local custom countryside rule. The ceremony passed Bali Mandira yesterday around 5 p.m.

 

At the Melasti celebration, all Hindu people troops carry the holy symbol of Hindu religion to the sea to be cleaned. The parade is also accompanied by the gamelan. [Read more on balistarisland.com]

 

Do you know what an ogoh-ogoh is?

ogoh-ogoh

Ogoh-ogoh is a statue especially built for the Ngrupuk parade, which takes place on the eve of Nyepi Day in Bali.  Ogoh-ogoh is a fictional character, normally having the form of mythological beings, mostly demons. The creation of Ogoh-ogoh represents spiritual aims inspired by Hindu philosophy. The main purpose of making of Ogoh-ogoh is the purification of the natural environment of any spiritual pollutants emitted from the activities of living beings, especially humans. (read more on Wikipedia)

The professional ogoh-ogoh makers have been reporting a flood of orders for the demonic wood and papier-mâché statues traditionally paraded through the streets of Bali the night before the Hindu Day of Silence. A single order can take between one day and one week to complete and costs between US$56 and US$1,680, depending on the size. (from thebalitimes.com)