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!









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


The parents Gede and Desi


Many offerings and prayings


The women “baptizing” the baby



The women collect the jewelry from the bowl


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


The baby looks beautiful


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.





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.




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.





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.


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.




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


To drive away the evil spirits they use burning torches,


play loud music


and carry big scary ugly statues



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



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.



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


A sample of the offerings



The people purifying themselves in the sea


All praying together


Representatives of one of the participating desa’s


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!








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 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


The women bring the offerings to the temple


The offerings, all made by hand, look beautiful


The men are going into the temple


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


and also the children


After the ceremony the gamalan starts…


for the Barong dance


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


to pray and receive the blessing from the priest.

‘Pure’ Bali

On the 15th of each month my photography friends and I will place at least one photo based on a pre-selected theme on our Stoer Photographers facebook page. All Stoer photographers will use the same theme but will visualize it from their own perspective.

For this month the theme is ‘Pure’

Every day I see ‘Pure’ things in Bali.  In Canggu the place where I live you still see many rice paddies. Two weeks ago I saw the farmers planted the bibit (young rice plants) in the earth, all by hand.  They worked very hard, with their feet in the mud. At the end of the day all the bibit are planted.

Every day I passed the rice field on my motorbike. I can see the rice plants growing.

Today I had to stop to make a photo of this beautiful rice paddy…


Bibit (young rice plants)


Planted all by hand…


working hard in the mud



The work is done…


Two weeks later a beautiful rice paddy

Kuningan 2013

It’s been a while since my last post. I have been ill, couldn’t use my arm and hand due to shingles, so I could not make photographs or write.  I travelled to Holland and stayed for a month. When I came back to Bali we moved to another place, from Seminyak to Canggu.

We are almost done unpacking our stuff and decorating the house, so now I have time again for my blog, I’m back!!!

Today April 6th, it’s Kuningan in Bali. Kuningan is a religious holiday for the Balinese. More information about Galugan dan Kuningan you can find under:

During Galugan and Kuningan the Balinese go to different temples for offerings and ceremonies. They always look beautiful in their traditional ceremonial clothes.

In front of some houses you can see priests doing the offerings, praying and blessing families at their family temple, but most of the Balinese people also go to the Banjar temple and the bigger temples on the Island to do offerings and receive the blessings from the priests.


The most obvious sign for Galungan dan Kuningan is the penjor – bamboo poles weighed down by offerings suspended at the end. They can be seen all over at the side of the roads near the entrances of houses.



In Canggu the place were I live now, I photographed this priest and family, our new neighbours.



Families going to the temple for the praying, offerings and blessings





Jalan Gunung Atena

In Jalan Gunung Atena Depan Br. Padang Sumbu Tengah, Denpasar  you will find loads of handicraft shops and workplaces. Beautiful ethic art from the islands of Indonesia.

At the workplaces you see these large wooden sculptures, how can they create this? Unbelievable… they are great artists

Besides the handicraft shops you also find nice warungs and restaurants, handmade furniture shops, vintage shops, fashion shops etc.

I recommend you visit this street during your stay on Bali and see all this great products for your self. I bet you will buy something…

Exaudy Antique shop, Jl. Gunung Atena St. 17c, Denpasar
Phone: +62 (361) 7941575 | Email:

Rustam, Irian Jaya Primitive art shop | Jl. Gunung Atena, Denpasar
Phone: 081 74709507 | Email: