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Balinese New Year 2017 ; Procession for Nyepi Day !
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Nyepi Day 2017

Nyepi or Silence Day In Bali 2017, You should Know !

Nyepi is the new year's commemoration Balinese Saka calendar based. This calendar is a calendar modification Saka calendar that comes from India with additional elements of the local community. In the Gregorian calendar, Nyepi always falls between March and April. For this year, Nyepi is celebrated on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 (1 Saka 1939). As preparation to the build-up to Nyepi Day, are a series of rituals conducted in literally every part of the island. However, Balinese New Year is celebrated for 6 days with Nyepi - the day of silence, being only one aspect of it. There are several rituals that stand out:

The first is The Melasti (Melis or Mekiis) on 25 march 2017

Ritual which is dedicated to Sanghyang Widhi Wasa and performed 3–4 days beforehand to acquire sacred water from the sea. The ritual is performed in Pura (Balinese temple) near the sea (Pura Segara) and meant to purify sacred objects such as Arca, Pratima, and Pralingga belonging to several temples. Similar rituals are performed at the Balekambang Beach on the southern coast of Malang, East Java, it is the ritual of Jalani Dhipuja.

The second is The Bhuta Yajna Ritual on 27 march 2017

Ritual which is performed one day before Nyepi, in order to vanquish negative elements and create a balance with God, Mankind, and Nature. The ritual is also meant to win over Batara Kala by the Pecaruan offering. Tawur Kesanga and Caru are sacrifice rituals that take place one day before the Nyepi Day.
Different levels of sacrifice are held at villages and provinces by sacrificing animals such as chicken, ducks, pigs or even cows and bulls. Various plants and crops are additionally used as part of the offerings. Devout Hindu Balinese villages start making ogoh-ogohs about 2 months before Nyepi. These are demonic, giant statues made of bamboo and paper, symbolizing negative elements or malevolent spirits. At sunset, between 5-6pm, the ritual of Pengrupukan takes place (ogoh ogoh parade). At this time the Balinese parade the streets with the ogoh-ogohs, passionately playing a deafening mixture of the kulkul (traditional bamboo bell), claxons, gamelan music and drummers music.
The basic idea is to scare of evil spirits by making unbearable amounts of noise as is humanly possible. Although these rituals take place over the entire island, one can experience the best processions either in Kuta, Seminyak, Nusa Dua, Sanur and other popular beaches. Each village makes at least one spectacular Ogoh-Ogoh and take pride in the entire process. Areas such as Sanur, Kuta, Denpasar, Ubud usually hold contests for the best Ogoh-Ogoh. In the evening the Ogoh-ogohs will be ceremoniously burnt in the main ritual of Ngrupuk, where they are totally engulfed in flames. The burning of the ogoh-ogoh symbolizes the eradication of any evil influences in life. This is followed by more dancing, drinking and feasting in a rather chaotic fashion, all with the aim of driving evil spirits far away from the Island. Not every ogoh-ogoh will be burnt these days, so ask the locals whether thier village still follows htis custom or not.

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The third are the Nyepi Rituals. Nyepi Day! on 28 march 2017

This day is strictly reserved for self-reflection anything that might interfere with that purpose is strictly prohibited. The inner and outer world is expected to be clean and everything starts anew, with Man showing his symbolic control over himself and the "force" of the World, hence the mandatory religious control. Nyepi expects a day of absolute silence, based on the four precepts of Catur Brata: Amati Geni: No fire or light, including no electricity. Prohibition of satisfying pleasurable human appetites. Amati Karya: No form of physcial working other then that which is dedicated to spiritual cleansing and renewal. Amati Lelunganan: No movement or traveling. Amati Lelanguan: Fasting and no revelry/self-entertainment or general merrymaking.

The fourth is the Yoga/Brata

Ritual which starts at 6:00 a.m. on the day of Nyepi and continues to 6:00 a.m. the next day. The faithful Balinese spend this day in meditation.

The fifth, is the Ngembak Agni/Labuh Brata Ritual which is performed the day after Nyepi and is the official New Years Day. Ngembak is the day when Catur Berata Penyepian is over and the Balinese Hindus visit families, neighbours and relatives to exchange forgiveness. They also conduct the Dharma Canthi, activities of reading Sloka, Kekidung and Kekawi (ancient scripts containing songs and lyrics). The youth of Bali practice the ceremony of Omed-omedan or 'The Kissing Ritual' to celebrate the new year.

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The Sixth are The Dharma Shanti on 29 march 2017

Everything back to routine, normal activites and air is very fresh  then Rituals which as performed after all the Nyepi rituals are finished and is the closure of this very sacred week in the Balinese Calendar.

For those who stay in kuta, please note there will be road blocked as their will be big procession prior silence day. If you have plan touring, you might to postpone your trips for next couple of days. This big procession falls once a year, that will be good appurtunity to witness and be apart of the festival. Nyepi is special day and let earth rest for one day and ready for the next day. Enjoy !

Why You Should Hire a Private Tour Guide and Car in Bali
Saturday, February 04, 2017

 

Bali has a plenty of interesting things to see from the nature, beaches or for its culture. Not often the travelers are confusing on where to go during their Bali vacation, and what should they do when their holiday in Bali. There are also a lot of great ways to spend Bali holiday. Almost of travelers might think how many days should spend to get a nice holiday in Bali? Do I need to spend holiday longer to explore the places as many as I can? Well, it does not matter if you travel to Bali for longer time or even though you only have a short time; 3 days, 4 days, 5 days, you do not need to worry because you can cover the best place in Bali in short time too! There are no better ideas exploring Bali with Bali private guide but please make sure you choose the right one, trusted and reliable tour guide. Cannot be denied there are also few problems that have to face for travelers when they want to visit the tourist spots in Bali. Some of them are; afraid to get lose, have few places to visit in a day, do not have the efficient time to explore Bali, and so on. On our today’s post, we are going to give you some reasons on why you should hire a private tour guide and car in Bali as follow:

 

  1. Meet a New Buddy

There is no more happiness when travel to other country rather than meet the local moreover meet a new buddy who likes to share his/her expertise about Bali. Your new buddy will be pleased to share you about the Bali's culture, story of Bali's temple, the meaning of the places we visited, some tips on how to get better deals while shopping, and so on. You also can ask the things that you want to know as much as you want about Bali. Of course, this can give you more knowledge. You will leave Bali with a plenty of knowledge about Bali to be shared with your family or friends.

 

  1. Choose your own places to explore

Other reason why you should be hiring a private tour guide and car in Bali is you will have chance to make your own list on where to go. You only need to tell your friendly tour guide about your plans. He/she will plan optimally about the route and drive you to requested places in Bali. **Or if you don’t have any ideas, the private tour guide will suggest you some nice recommendations about tourist places, where to eat in Bali (he/she will suggest you a fancy restaurant until budget dining restaurant for your meals too), best places to shop in Bali, nice beaches in Bali to relax yourself and so on. Then you can decide your plans after listening her/his recommendation and ready to go!

 

  1. Get your time efficiency

A side from you can choose your own places to explore Bali, the benefit of hiring a private tour guide with car is when you hire a private tour guide and car you can optimize your visiting to your favorite place and do not need to worry you will not have an enough time. Some travelers will be afraid if they do not have efficient time while visiting Bali in short time. Too many places that have to visit, but when you do not have time to arrange your time let’s your private tour guide do it. It is because your tour guide will help you to adjust your time so you will see the interesting places in Bali as many as you can in a tour.  

 

  1. Experience the local culture

Instead of getting your time efficiency by hiring private tour guide and car for your holiday in Bali, you also can experience the local culture. It is because Bali has unique culture to be seen. Whether it is from Balinese local life, get a chance to try Balinese cuisine, see Balinese how they cook their meals, do trekking thru the lush rice terrace and see Balinese farmers, watch traditional Bali's dance, and other culture experience you will get with your private tour guide. The good one here is you can ask your private tour guide to take your picture(s) while enjoying your trip, he/she will be glad to do that!

 

  1. Don’t need to worry you will get lose

Traveling to Bali with doubt because you don’t know the right way to get your place will be not a great idea. Even though nowadays, the google map is easily to access but sometimes it gives the wrong direction and you will get lose. By hiring private tour guide and car your trip will be easier as you don’t need to access the google map and think hard about the direction so you only need to enjoy your seat in car and you will reach there. It is really easy instead you go by yourself, isn't it?

 

***Now, you already know why you should be hiring a private tour guide and car in Bali. Bali Agung Tours commits to serve the guests better and assure our guests will have a great time and memorable trip in Bali. Our service is also highly recommended on TripAdvisor, and we are glad that we have been awarded 2014,2015,2016 certificate of excellence. We are providing day tours, Bali special package, Bali activities, airport transfer, Bali car carter, Borobudur Day Tour package (departure from Bali), and so on. For the details please check at www.bali-agung-tours.com 

If you have further queries about your plans to Bali, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time, we will be pleased to be your travel assistance in Bali.

We are looking forward to welcoming you all in this beautiful island. Have a great day and thank you for reading! See you on the next article…

Where to Hire Baby Equipment in Bali
Friday, December 23, 2016

 baby equipment in bali island

Travelling to Bali with your baby or toddler will be a pleasure when you know where to hire baby equipment in Bali instead of bringing it fly to Bali as there might be some problems that you have to face in bringing your baby equipment such as an airline surcharge for excess baby equipment, your baby equipment might damage in transit and so on. Let's solve it! Why do you bring all of them if you can hire in Bali? Your holiday will be more relaxed with your little one, here are some recommendations on where to hire baby equipment in Bali:

1. Bali Baby Holiday

Situated in Tuban, Bali Baby Holiday is becoming your travel partner when you have a plan to Bali with your baby or toddler. It offers complete baby equipment rental service for the most vital of items such as car seat, baby capsule, high chair, stroller, cots, door gate, and other baby equipment.  They also offer reasonable price with safety and quality guaranteed. Of course to ensure their quality, they only choose for the top brands that come from Germany, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden. If you do not have time to pick your baby equipment you can ask them to deliver your baby needs to your hotel or villa.

Information:

Address: N/A

Website: http://balibabyholiday.com/

Phone: +62 81236332668

 

2. Bali Baby Hire

Make your hiring baby equipment easier with Bali Baby Hire! It provides a wide range services to assist your baby needs when travel to Bali. Their items available are car seats, car booster seats, stroller, prams, baby toys, safety gates and other baby needs. You do not need to worry about their quality as they only provide high quality brand to make you feel your holiday in Bali just like in your home. They also provide porta cots completing with baby care bedding that includes bottom and top sheets, blanket and mosquito net as well as an extra cozy mattress!

Information:

Address: N/A

Website: http://balibabyhire.com/

Phone: +62 8980706460 or +62 85935110301

 

3. Bali Happy Baby

Bali Happy Baby supplies everything of your baby needs for a hassle free. Instead of hiring baby needs they also offer pool fence to hire in order to get a safe family environment. For baby equipment, they provide baby walker, baby bouncer, baby swings, kids shade tents, beach toys or even baby bottle sterilizers! Delivery service is also available for Kuta, Seminyak, Canggu, Nusa Dua, and Ubud area.

Information:

Address: JL. P. Saelus Gg V No 6 Denpasar – Bali

Website: http://balihappybaby.com/

Phone: +62 8 123 642 108

 

4. Bali Baby Service

Bali Baby Service is the ideal solution for families travelling with their babies! It provides best quality baby equipment for rent. Their product range complies with American and European safety standard and all of baby needs are strictly selected and checked to ensure baby's safety. They are available for stroller, a car seat, high chair, baby bath tub, baby float swim support and other baby needs with range rate starts from IDR 15.000 - 30.000/day.

Information:

Address: N/A

Website: http://babyservicebali.com/

Phone: +62 851 0001 6930

 

5. Bali Baby Care

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Situated in central Kuta, Bali Baby Care provides the complete baby equipment hire service in Bali. They are also available for Baby safety includes safety gate, barrier fencing, bed rail, and digital monitor. Their rate range starts from IDR 70.000/day (depending on how many days you use, normally they will offer discounted price if you hire more than 4 days). 

Information:

Address: N/A

Website: http://www.balibabycare.com/

Phone: +62812 3769 4455

6. Tour in Bali island with Baby

Bali agung tour services is also offer baby friendly services, we offer bali private tour service on this island, sigtseeing, bali activities, park, zoo, museum, cruise, and many more... feel free to contact us anytime and we are providing (real time) online chat on our website www.bali-agung-tours.com for any assistant and inquiry. Have a nice day !