Galungan & Kuningan

September 16 – September 26, 2020
All of Bali

Galungan is one of the most important holidays of the year for Balinese Hindus because this is when the spirits of the ancestors come back to visit. Prior to Galungan, Balinese people erect penjor—bamboo poles decorated in coconut leaves and colourful fabric—in front of their businesses and homes and prepare offerings to welcome their ancestors back. Over the next 10 days, people pray at the temples, visit relatives, and feast with family and friends.

Nyepi (Silent Day)

14 March 2021
All of Bali

Nyepi is the Balinese New Year and a truly unique experience. On the day before Nyepi, people make as much noise as possible and parade monstrous figures called ogoh-ogoh through the streets to scare away evil spirits. Then starting at 6:00 am, the entire island goes silent for 24 hours. No one is allowed to go out on the streets, play music, or turn on their lights. Even the airport shuts down for the day. The idea is to trick the evil spirits into thinking Bali is abandoned. Nyepi is also a day for meditation and contemplation.

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