The President of the United States, Mr. Barack Obama will come back to Indonesia. If previously he had nostalgic to Jakarta, the next visit, he will tread in the island resort, Bali.
Governor of Bali, Made Mangku Pastika said Obama will certainly attend the East Asia Summit to be held in Nusa Dua. ” President Obama will come to Bali in November 2011, ” said Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika, Obama has twice failed to come to Bali.
Galungan, the Balinese holiday that occurs every 210 days and lasts for 10 days, is about to begin tomorrow July 6th. Galungan means “When the Dharma is winning”. During this holiday the Balinese gods visit the Earth and leave on Kuningan, the last day of the holiday.
Occurring once in every 210 days in the pawukon (Balinese cycle of days), Galungan marks the beginning of the most important recurring religious ceremony that is celebrated by all Balinese. During the Galungan period the deified ancestors of the family descend to their former homes. They must be suitably entertained and welcomed, and prayers and offerings must be made for them. [from Wikipedia]
A prayer for our Japanese friends who suffered from the earthquake and tsunami will be held at Pura Uluwatu, at 16.00 pm on Saturday (today) , 2nd April 2011. The prayer is organised by the Bali Tourism Board.
Bali Tourism Board and Bali Provincial Government will hold a similar event with the theme of Love and friendship for Japan at Bajra Sandhi Monument on April 5th, 2011 at 4.00 pm. Attendants must be dressed in white-prayer cloths. Every hotel is required to be represented by at least 10 employees, each carrying a candle.
Officials from the Health Department in Badung have announced ambitious plans to build a 500-bed “tourism hospital” with international accreditation in southern Bali, with funding of Rp.40 billion (US$4.5 million) earmarked for the project.
According to initial plans the hospital will feature accommodation for 500 patients, with 138 of them in a specially reserved wing for international patients. Officials say that they hope to obtain US-based Joint Commission International accreditation for the hospital. Currently only two Indonesian hospitals — both in Jakarta — are accredited as meeting that standard.
For a complete celebration on Nyepi Day, TV broadcast will be suspended in Bali, as shown in the release below:
“We Would like to inform you that based on Bali’s Government Instruction on Nyepi Day (5th March 2011), we are going to disconnect Indovision broadcast temporarily starting date from 5th of March 2011 at 00.00 am to 6th of March 2011 till 10.00 am.
We do hope that this temporary disconnection could support the Nyepi Day celebration on the island of Bali.”
Bali has started the preparations for Nyepi Day. Nyepi Day is one of the most special days in Bali. Nyepi Day, meaning “The day of silence”, is a day of total silence, meditation and fasting, for some. Nyepi Day opens a new year of the Saka Hindu era which began in 78 A.D. Westerners open the New Year in revelry, however, in contrast, the Balinese open their New Year in silence.
Observed from 6 a.m. until 6 a.m. the next morning, Nyepi is a day reserved for self-reflection and as such, anything that might interfere with that purpose is restricted.
The main restrictions are:
no lighting fires (and lights must be kept low);
no entertainment or pleasure;
no traveling (the airport is closed);
for some, no talking or eating at all.
The effect of these prohibitions is that Bali’s usually bustling streets and roads are empty, there is little or no noise from TVs and radios, and few signs of activity are seen even inside homes. The only people to be seen outdoors are the Pecalang, traditional security men who patrol the streets to ensure the prohibitions are being followed.
On the day after Nyepi, known as Ngembak Geni, social activity picks up again quickly, as families and friends gather to ask forgiveness from one another, and to perform certain religious rituals together.