Are you up for Bali festivals? You are either looking for special moments to capture or immersive gatherings with like-minded people, festivals in Bali will add more color to your visit. From local religious ceremonies to international celebrations, it draws huge crowds.
Delight your eyes with different facets of Bali’s vibrant arts and culture which are month-long festivals. The celebration in Bali mojorly happen in the provincial capital of Denpasar. If you’re planning your trip to Bali in August, head down to Sanur. You’ll find the whole coastal village is pretty much alive with a variety of exhibitions, fun games on the sand, and the best part is you can also take part in. While strolling on the streets of Bali, you’ll realize that they’re always buzzing with some kind of celebration.
You will find it hard to pop into the best party sometimes which is why we’ve compiled a guide to Bali’s major festivals during both the seasons (the dry and wet) –
Also read on: How about traveling to Bali in the dry season?
Bali’s Festivals In Wet Season
March – April:
The Melasti Ritual
Before the Balinese ‘Day of Silence’ (Nyepi) occurs, the Melasti Ritual comes first in a series of rituals. It’s a Hindu purification ceremony which is locally known as OghoOgho. This ritual involves cleaning and purifying temples before the following day’s proceedings. Be there to give a helping hand in the cleansing ceremony.
In Bahasa Indonesian, it interprets to ‘the silence day’ that also marks the beginning of the Balinese New Year. This ritual is dedicated to self-reflection where Indonesians practice silence for 24 hours. Nobody is allowed to leave their places or use technology; shops are closed throughout the day. Afterward, new year celebrations begin in the streets the next day including the famous kissing festival – Omed Omedan.
This day is dedicated to paying respect to the local Indonesian women and homage to Kartini, the Balinese woman who drives the force behind the Indonesian women’s rights movement. Witness the exemplary celebration held in Bali throughout the day.
Bali Spirit Festival
As the name suggests, this day pulls you to keep your spirits high with a celebration of yoga, dance, and music. It is held over the mountains of Ubud, typically for five days in continuation. The festival attracts several international and local people. Be a part of the festival to stay excited!
June – July:
Bali Arts Festival
Being known to locals as ‘Pesta Kesenian Bali,’ it is the most significant cultural event on the island. This annual festival is a celebration of Indonesian culture and the arts that takes place in Denpasar. If you’re an art lover, stay there for some time to muse your eyes.
Bali Kite Festival
This festival is celebrated to honor the highly admired art of kite-making and flying. It annually held in July at Padang Galak and Sanur Beach. Bali’s kite festival is a spectacular sight that shouldn’t be missed if you’re visiting Bali in these months.
August – September:
Indonesia’s Independence Day
In 1949, Indonesia officially gained independence from Dutch and marked the day to be celebrated as Independence Day on the 17th of August every year. The day is commemorated with pride throughout the nation, specifically on the streets of Bali.
Nusa Dua Festival
This festival is known to be a week-long tourism event held at the Nusa Dua Resort. It brings back the fun and eventful week of art exhibitions, cultural performances, and sporting events to showcase Indonesian culture at its best to the general public.
Bali’s festivals in Dry season
October – November
Ubud Writers & Readers Festival
An annual literary festival celebrating global issues, big ideas, and extraordinary stories. A must-see festival as it brings together several talented established and emerging readers from all over the world. If there is a writer in you, it’s a must-see festival for you to visit.
Bali Film Festival
A week-long festival held annually in October that showcases a fanciful range of International Independent Films. We highly recommend you to visit Bali at this time of year to admire Bali Film Festival.
Hari Raya Galungan
Galungan is considered to be the time when the spirits of deceased ancestors come back to earth and in return, the Balinese offer prayers, provide offerings and hospitality. In your visit to Bali, you’ll notice bamboo poles in the streets hanging to give offerings to the visitors.
Hari Raya Kuningan
It is celebrated precisely after ten days following the Galungan celebration. A holy festival that is believed to be the time when the spirits finally leave earth.
Whatever the festival is, Bali always gives you an enchanting holiday time. Regardless of what the weather might have up its sleeve, there is still a way ahead to be in a festive mood in Bali. Plan a trip to Bali and book cheap flights to Bali from Sydney from bookafly.com.au to enjoy these Balinese festivals.