A dizzying galore of culture and tradition, home to the enticing beaches, endless coastlines and multifarious leisure and adventure, Bali, an Indonesia’s most prominent island boasts a blend of spiritualism as well as hard-partying all into one. With its most celebrated feasts, dances, sculptures, music and popular ritualistic art activities, Bali itself contemplates proselytizing the jazziness and heterogeneity of its heritage and customs. If you wish to have a glance of its pure essence and grace of culture and traditions, then do try to be a part of Bali festivals during which the entire island swarms in to adore its true richness!
10 Prominent Festivals In Bali That Delve Into The World Of Fantasy
Be a part of these 10 amazing festivals of Bali on your next trip to this Indonesian paradise. These festivals will put you in a state of trance and you will want to witness them again!
- Chinese New Year – Jan 2020
- Galungan And Kuningan – Feb 2020
- Ogoh Ogoh Parade – March 2020
- Air Festival – April 2020
- Bali Arts Festival – June/July 2020
- Bali Blues Festival – July 2020
- Odalan – August 2020
- Soundrenaline- September 2020
- Ubud Writer’s And Readers Festival – October 2020
- Tumpek Landep Day- December 2020
1. Chinese New Year
The most conspicuous and remarkable Balinese event that embarks the staunch Chinese historical knots, Chinese New Year spawns a vibrant festive aura that also ensnares the presence of the whole country. The most beautifully decorated Chinese and Buddhist temples escalate the sanguine vibes that tantalize every soul from all over the globe once this festival is organized. Grab a chance to witness the mesmerizing performances of Chinese “Barongsai”; the Lion and Dragon dance troops while having a munch of Chinese recipes from the special popular Chinese cuisines in the grand celebrations of New Year at Bali.
When: January 2020
2. Galungan And Kuningan
Galungan and Kuningan is a popular annual festival in Bali to honour the win of good over evil. This festival is celebrated for ten days and the opening day defines the festival of Galungan that is the time to welcome the deities on Earth and the closing day is Kuningan—which marks the ascending of Deities back to Heaven. Tall bamboo poles called “Penjor” are used to decorate the houses and temples. It is indeed one of the most appealing and enchanting religious festivals in Bali that seek the attention of hundreds of thousands of people. Both locals and travellers find in this festival a spiritual rejuvenation.
Where: Denpasar City, Bali
When: February 2020
3. Ogoh Ogoh Paradise
The Ogoh Ogoh Parade or Ngerupuk Parade is being organized in the Bali Island with ample fun and frolic. It remains a truly splendid event which is celebrated by the Balinese Hindus with drums and torches. The parade showcases the local tradition and especially varied artistically shaped monster dolls made up of paper, giant wood and bamboo that represent the symbolic harmful societal. The monster dolls are burnt at the end of the celebrations and which also depict the end of negativity, therefore, purifying the environment.
Where: Puputan Square, Denpasar, Bali
When: March 2020
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4. Air Festival
With the emergence of the underground cultural music amidst the enchanting Balinese landscapes, The Air Festival turns up portraying the criss-cross of art and ecology in the region. The major aim to celebrate this event is to conserve the Balinese land that is memorialized with the grand genres of broad music and diversified themes each year. It maintains a distinction for being a completely unique experience. Perhaps, it is the main reason that both locals and tourists take an equal interest in joining it for a great festive fervour.
Where: Kabupaten Badung, Bali
When: April 2020
5. Bali Arts Festival
A blend of art, culture, music and dance, The Bali Arts Festival features the vast collection of many things including events, variegated competitions and activities related to literature, fashion, handicraft, culinary and several other worthwhile things to explore and assess. It is considered a real feast to art aficionados and all those who love photography as passionate photography lovers. That is why the Bali Arts Festival showcases an entirely unique talent of Balinese dressed in most beguiling attires. This festival portrays a charm that seeks the attention of every single person attending to it.
Where: Panjer, Bali
When: June- July 2020
6. Bali Blues Festival
With the collaboration to Indonesian Tourism and Development Department, The Bali Blue Festival has been commemorated in a well-planned manner and by putting in extensive efforts to revitalize the Blues Music. All Music geeks literally witness the outstanding performances of Balinese locals and national Musicians who spread the scintillating vibes of their melodies across the peninsular island.
Where: Nusa Dua, Bali
When: July 2020
Odalan is considered one of the most prominent Temple festivals organized at the Mother Temple of ‘Pura Besakih’ which is also the largest Hindu Temple of Bali. During Odalan, various Balinese communities gather in prayers and so do they take part in the processions with great ardour and fervour. This festival also seeks the attention of devotees from different parts of the world who join it for their spiritual attainment as devoted worshippers.
Where: Pura Besakih Temple
When: August 2020
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A major adrenaline rush to music, Soundrenaline is a treat to the music aficionados who are in Bali and seek to enjoy something unique and typical. This festival is celebrated for ages and remains a major centre of attraction as an annual event. This grandeur music event showcases the country’s most popular as well as budding rock and roll musicians. From Jazz to Hip-Hop to Indie and et al, Soundrenaline offers every genre of music to attract every single music lover to remain hooked during the grand festival.
Where: Kabupaten Badung, Bali
When: September 2020
9. Ubud Writers And Readers Festival
Southeast Asia’s most famous annual literary Festival is an indulgence to the literature lovers celebrated with an aim to share ideas, words and cross-cultural ideologies at a single platform. This event is considered the greatest one that has been attracting the masterminds and literati to envisage the concerns related to geographical and cultural barriers irrespective of region-based boundaries and separations. At this event, you can witness several esteemed writers, artists, authors and activists from all across the world gathering at a single platform.
When: October 2020
10. Tumpek Landep Day
Tumpek Landep Day, also popular as Saniscara Kliwon Tegeh, is a festival that is celebrated every 210 days according to the Pawukon Calendar. Ceremonial offerings made up of the Metal are offered by the devotees to all those attending to it. The village temple accrues the special prayers and offerings from the locals and the very scene that brings the most emotional touch deserves a glance here.
When: December 2020
So, if you really wish to immerse yourself into the fantasy world of Bali, don’t forget to witness its most enrapturing festive celebrations on your next trip to Bali.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Bali Festivals
A. It celebrates the victory of dharma over adharma. At this time ancestral spirits mark the entry on Earth, which is celebrated with great ardour.
A. Air Festival is celebrated with an aim to conserve the Bali lands. Every year different themes regarding conservation lighten up the event.
A. Galungan Festival is the most famous one.
A. Bali Arts, Bali Blues and Soundrenaline are the major festivals that include the mind blotting live concerts and music.
A. Barongsai, Lion and Dragon dance troops indulged in drum, cymbal and wushu presentations attracts every visitor.
A. Bali Arts Festival and Bali Blues Festival.
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