Temples are at their most vibrant for one of Bali’s holiest days, Pagerwesi. A holiday for fortifying oneself against evil, pagerwesi literally means “iron fence.” Observed with prayer and ritual, the day is marked with parades featuring traditional Balinese bamboo poles. Celebrants pray and mediate to strengthen their souls against bad thoughts and influences.
Ubud’s first museum, Museum Puri Lukisan, is a must-see for anyone with an interest in Balinese art and culture. Embracing the past and present and surrounded by stunning gardens, many pieces in the museum’s collection are available for sale.
Fans of theatre and dance must make time to see Devdan Show: Treasure of the Archipelago, a new performance “spectacular” that combines traditional Indonesian dance with modern dance, aerial acrobatics, extraordinary costumes and breathtaking special effects. The 90-minute show takes the audience on the whirlwind tour of the Indonesian archipelago, ...
Following the appearance of the full moon on 31st March, Purnama Kedasa is a day of temple ceremony and tradition, filled with colourful offerings of fresh fruit, flowers and sweets. Celebrants bathe in holy waters and burn incense, transforming the areas around the temple into a setting of vibrant community.
Cuisine holds a central role in Balinese culture and Soma Ribek—celebrated 20th March—is a feast day dedicated especially to food. In an homage to Bali’s agrarian past and an offering for continued prosperity, the Balinese fill up rice barns and mark the day with joyous gatherings.