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
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.
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 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
Friday 17th of August 2012 we had our annual (Balinese calendar) villa temple ceremony.
Each year we celebrate our temple ceremony. Some times we celebrate the ceremony quiet, just with our staff but every 2 or 3 years we invite our friends and our staff also invites their family and friends to celebrate the ceremony together with us.
This year Gede, our villa manager, his family took care of the ceremony. The grandfather of Gede is a Priest so he performed all the ceremonial praying and offering. Other family members of Gede cooked the traditional Balinese buffet were babi guling is the main dish.
The first part of the ceremony is the praying and blessings from the Priest for all of us. When the Priest was finished we had our Balinese diner and drinks with all our friends and Balinese ‘family’.
It always very good to our staff and ourselves and we feel really blessed after the temple ceremony day…
Photography by Surya Wijaya
The Priest prays in front of the villa Temple
Bapak Mathieu got his blessings …
… and also ibu Brenda
Praying together with the Priest, staff and our friends
Bapak and Ibu feel blessed after the ceremony…
With my sisters I made a tour to Pura Tirtha Empul. Pura Tirtha Empul is a Hindu temple in Tampak Siring, famous for its Holy water where Hindu Bali people go for purification.
We are lucky when we arrived that day, a big pageant came by. The Balinese wearing their traditional clothes, they look always so beautiful, I can’t get enough of it.. The pageant ended at Pura Tirtha Empul.
Many people went to the holy water for purification, it was amazing to see, you could feel the spirituality…
If you are in Bali don’t miss this beautiful place and if you want to have your purification that is also possible…
The story behind Pura Tirtha Empul you can find at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tirtha_Empul_Temple
Actually…I’m not into yoga. Maybe I’m not totally in balance but I’m a happy person, and that’s what counts, right?..
I have family and friends who love yoga, they tell me their yoga experiences. If they stay in Seminyak they go to Desa Seni. An eco-friendly village resort in Canggu, close to Seminyak. Desa Seni provides an authentic Indonesian experience of culture, art, yoga, organic farming and complete wellness. Sometimes I go with them because it is an amazing place. The atmosphere is great, just to sit, to read or strolling around the premises is already enough for me to feel good…
Another favourite yoga place in Seminyak is Prana. The building has strong influences of Indian & Middle Eastern exotique architecture. Prana is one of the largest spas on the island of Bali.
Every day at 12pm Pranah offers a spa tour with a complimentary glass of sparkling rose..and every Tuesday and Thursday Prana runs a make-up workshop.
And of course in Ubud there are several very good yoga places, like the Yogabarn, Fivelements etc. I never been to these places so I plan to visit one of these days, I keep you posted…