More than just an island paradise, Bali is a serene, yet vibrant destination. Throughout the year, Balinese culture is celebrated through the island’s many special events, from colourful festivals to contemplative, spiritual ceremonies. Plan a stunning retreat with some of our highlights from the 2015 Bali festival calendar and make your trip even more memorable.
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21 March 2015
Nyepi Day is one of the most prominent festivals for the Balinese Hindu community. Known as the ‘day of silence’, Nyepi Day toasts the Saka New Year. While New Year’s celebrations in other destinations are loud, energetic events, Nyepi Day is a calm and quiet affair. All work and routines are paused, traffic stops and people retreat into their homes to fast and meditate. On the day before Nyepi, however, large carnivals are held all over the country. According to Hindu tradition, this festival purges evil spirits, refreshes the mind and cleanses the environment.
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Take part in your own day of contemplation as you relax and unwind in the tranquil surroundings of the beautiful Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort.
Bali Spirit Festival
31 March to 5 April 2015
Ubud is renowned as Bali’s spiritual hub. Here, yoga and clean living are a natural part of everyday life. So it is no surprise that the Bali Spirit Festival attracts musicians, dancers and yogis from all around the world to draw inspiration. It promises to be a spiritually charged celebration that promotes community collaboration, with funds raised going to a local charity which aims to educate Balinese children about the threat of HIV and AIDS in the country.
No matter what time of year you visit Bali, you are sure to stumble across an Odalan, or temple ceremony. This Hindu festival celebrates a temple’s anniversary – and since Bali is home to over 4000 temples, there is always an Odalan happening somewhere. Gifts and offerings are left at the temple altars, while feasts and dances can go on late into the evening.
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Bali Arts Festival
15 June to 13 July 2015
The Balinese love music and dance, and the month-long Bali Arts Festival celebrates just that. Performers from all parts of Bali gather in Denpasar to celebrate this stunning spectacle with classic and contemporary daily performances, art exhibitions, a famous kite festival and much more. A cultural parade will open the festival, which is celebrating its 35th year in 2015.
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15 July 2015
Galungan is considered to be Bali’s most important ceremony – a feast that symbolises the triumph of good (Virtue or Dharma) over evil (Adharma). During the festival, the Balinese take time out to make offerings and prayers to their ancestors. Visitors may spot large decorated bamboo poles known as ‘penjor’ affixed to the sides of roads and entrances of houses, as well as locals dressed in their best attire.
Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort
These are just some of the enthralling and unique celebrations and ceremonies taking place on the ‘Island of the Gods’ in 2015. Explore Balinese cultural traditions and immerse yourself in the luxury of Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort for an unforgettable trip.