Category Archives: Spiritual

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


Temple Ceremony at Villa Blubambu

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…

Pura Tirtha Empul

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

Yoga.. bliss yourself out..

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…


Selamat Hari Raya Galungan dan Kuningan 2012

Galungan is a  Balinese holiday that occurs every 210 days and lasts for 10 days. Kuningan is the last day of the holiday. Galungan means “When the Dharma is winning.” During this holiday the Balinese Gods visit the Earth and leave on Kuningan.

Occurring once in every 210 days in the pawukon (Balinese cycle of days), Galungan marks the beginning of the most important recurring religious ceremony that is celebrated by all Balinese. During the Galungan period the deified ancestors of the family descend to their former homes. They must be suitably entertained and welcomed, and prayers and offerings must be made for them. Those families who have ancestors that have not yet been cremated, but are still buried in the village cemetery, must make offerings at the graves.

Although Galungan falls on a Wednesday, most Balinese will begin their Galungan ‘holiday’ the day before, where the family is seen to be busily preparing offerings and cooking for the next day. While the women of the household have been busy for days before creating beautifully woven ‘banten’ (offerings made from young coconut fronds), the men of our village usually wake up well before dawn to join with their neighbours to slaughter a pig unlucky enough to be chosen to help celebrate this occasion. Then the finely diced pork is mashed to a pulp with a grinding stone, and moulded onto sate sticks that have been already prepared by whittling small sticks of bamboo. Chickens may also be chosen from the collection of free-range chickens that roam around the house compound. Delicate combinations of various vegetables, herbs and spices are also prepared by the men to make up a selection of ‘lawar’ dishes. While much of this cooking is for use in the offerings to be made at the family temple, by mid-morning, once all the cooking is done, it is time for the first of a series of satisfying feasts from what has been prepared. While the women continue to be kept busy with the preparations of the many offerings to be made at the family temple on the day of Galungan, the men also have another job to do this day, once the cooking is finished. A long bamboo pole, or ‘penjor’, is made to decorate the entrance to the family compound. By late Tuesday afternoon all over Bali the visitor can see these decorative poles creating a very festive atmosphere in the street.

On Wednesday, the day of Galungan, one will find that most Balinese will try to return to their own ancestral home at some stage during the day, even if they work in another part of the island. This is a very special day for families, where offerings are made to God and to the family ancestors who have come back to rest at this time in their family temple. As well as the family temple, visits are made to the village temple with offerings as well, and to the homes of other families who may have helped the family in some way over the past six months.

The day after Galungan is a time for a holiday, visiting friends, maybe taking the opportunity to head for the mountains for a picnic. Everyone is still seen to be in their ‘Sunday best’ as they take to the streets to enjoy the festive spirit that Galungan brings to Bali.

The date for Galungan and other special Balinese days is shown on the Balinese Calendar. Galungan is also celebrated in the rest of Indonesia such as in the Balinese communities spread over Sumatra

Source: Wikipedia
Photographer: Brenda Reimers