Category Archives: Culture

Wira and Mita’s Wedding

In July we joined another happy event. On 6th of July we went to Wira and Mita’s wedding, Mita is one of our staff in villa Blubambu.

With the rest of the staff we went to the wedding reception.

Wira and Mita looked stunning, so beautiful. I love the traditional Balinese wedding clothing.

We went on the second day of the wedding. The first day was the wedding ceremony with family. During the two wedding days many friends came along in the lovely location with beautiful wedding offerings.

All the guests got a delicious meal and so did we. After the meal we went home, it was a beautiful day.

Wira and Mita we wish you a great life with lots of love, lots of beautiful kids, happiness and good health!

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Baby naming ceremony in Bali

On 30th of June we were invited to witness a traditional Balinese baby naming ceremony that is held when the baby is 3 months old. Gede, our villa manager, his son turned 3 months. This is the time when the baby receives his first given name and given his first jewelry.

This Bali ceremony is a beautiful event with lots of socializing between the family and with many offerings and prayings.

The women “baptizing” the baby in water.  The bowl with water was filled with jewelry. This jewelry is for the baby. After “baptizing” the parents put special jewelry on the baby.  A necklace with a small box, inside the box is a peace of the umbilical cord of the baby. Bracelets for both arms and anklets for both legs and a ring. All jewelry is made from silver or gold. The boy looks beautiful.

After a delicious meal we went back home impressed by this beautiful ritual.

And the name of the baby is: I Gede Bagus Angga Pramudya

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The parents Gede and Desi

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Many offerings and prayings

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The women “baptizing” the baby

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The women collect the jewelry from the bowl

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Inside the box is a peace of the umbilical cord of the baby

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The baby looks beautiful

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Proud parents with baby I Gede Bagus Angga Pramudya


Beautiful Bali Wedding

24th of September was the day that our villa manager Gede Suputra married with the beautiful Desi Oncrenx.

The wedding took place in Lemukih, a small mountain village in the North of Bali. The parents of both Gede and Desi live in Lemukih, so all ceremonies took place in this village that is situated in a beautiful part of Bali.

We went with all the staff of villa Blubambu to the North in order to celebrate this wedding of Gede and Desi.

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A Balinese wedding is a big happening. When we arrived already 150 people visited the wedding couple and many more to follow. A wedding ceremony, including reception, can easily take up to three days.

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The wedding couple looked stunning. Gede so ‘ganting’ (handsome) and Desi so ‘cantik’ (beautiful). It was also great to see all the beautiful ceremonial clothing they wear for the wedding.

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Many rituals take place during a wedding ceremony. This happened in the family house and temple of Desi as well as Gede’s. The priests prayed and performed special ceremonial handlings and finally gave their blessings to the newlyweds.

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It was another special experience of the great Balinese culture and traditions.


Ogho Ogho 2014

Today is Neypi, the day of silence. The evening before Nyepi the Balinese people have driven away the evil spirits with big and small scary ugly statues, loud music and burning torches.

Balinese men carry the statues to a crossroad or T-junction and rotate clockwise three times to scare off the evil spirits so they leave Bali.  They call this procession Ogho-Ogho.

After Ogho-Ogho Nyepi, the day of silence, starts. On Nyepi nobody is allowed to work, no lights, no cooking, no watching tv, no use of cars or other transport even airplanes are not allowed to land on Bali. Because of the silence and the darkness in the night the evil spirits can’t find the way back to Bali.

For more interested information about Ogho Ogho or Neypi day you will find on Wikipedia.

 

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Balinese men waiting in anticipation of the Ogho Ogho procession to start

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To drive away the evil spirits they use burning torches,

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play loud music

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and carry big scary ugly statues

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at the crossroad or T-junction they rotate clockwise three times

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Men, women and children are present at the Ogho Ogho procession

 

 


Melasti Ceremony 2014, Petitenget Beach in Bali

Melasti Ceremony is a Hindu religious ceremony to purify Bhuana Alit (small world) and Bhuana Agung (the universe). This ceremony is performed with a parade procession followed by thousands of Hindu people by bringing all the equipment ceremonies and the symbol of gods to the sea or other water sources that are believed by Hindus as a place to purify all the elements of this universe. The usual symbols of gods brought to the sea are Keris, spears, banners (Umbul-umbul), statues, Barong etc. This procession is one of the unique Hindu ceremonies where the procession was followed by thousands of Hindus who wear the clothes and other accessories in white to indicate the purity.

On 28th of March 2014 Melasti Ceremony took place in Bali. When I am in Bali I try to go to this ceremony. The ceremony is very impressive. The Balinese people are beautifully dressed. The temple elements are colorful and carried by Balinese men. Every were you hear the gamelan music being played. The beautiful women carry food or fruit on their head. The children are all dressed in traditional clothes and look amazing, so beautiful. I was happy I could join also this year for Melasti.

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The men carry the elements from the temple in front of the sea

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A sample of the offerings

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The people purifying themselves in the sea

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All praying together

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Representatives of one of the participating desa’s

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Returning home after purifying ceremony

 


Harvesting the rice in Canggu, Bali

Last May my posting ‘Pure’ was about farmers planting the bibit (young rice plants) in the earth by hand.

Harvesting of the rice comes when the plants are about a meter tall and turning yellow. Last week it was time to harvest the rice plants. Still at many places in Bali the women shuffle the rice seeds from the rice stalks all by hand, but this time I also noticed a small machine was used.  This machine separates the rice seeds from the stalks.

I hope this small machine is making the hard work a bit lighter for the workers because working on the rice fields is still very hard labour!

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Temple Ceremony Tumpek Wayang, Canggu, Bali

It’s been a while since my last post on my weblog. Family and friends staying with us in Bali, lots of other things to do, not so much time for photography.

Last Saturday on 20th July the Bali Temple Ceremony Tumpek Wayang took place. Close to my house a big ceremony happened and I did not want to miss it.

The Balinese people looked so beautiful in their traditional clothing. The women made many offerings from fruit and carried them on their heads to the temple.

The ceremony started in front of the temple with praying and people receiving blessings from the priest. After that they all went inside the temple for more sacred ceremonial activities. When all this was finished they came out of the temple and later on the street in front of the temple the gamelan musicians started to play and the Barong dance performance started, followed by other dance performances.

I left after the dance performance of the Balinese girls.  It is always great to see how they dance, so graceful. They all looked stunningly beautiful and colorful.

I’m glad I made some time to enjoy this ceremony.

Click on http://www.bali-individually.com/package-tour/balinese-temple-ceremony to read about the meaning of the Balinese Temple Ceremony

If you want to know more about the Barong dance check out the following website http://www.indo.com/culture/barong.html

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The women bring the offerings to the temple

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The offerings, all made by hand, look beautiful

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The men are going into the temple

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All the people are praying and receive blessings from the priest…

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and also the children

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After the ceremony the gamalan starts…

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for the Barong dance

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Before the beautiful Balinese girls start to dance they have to go to the temple first…

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to pray and receive the blessing from the priest.