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Bali in One Minute Posted by on May 16, 2018

Bali in One Minute

Bali is an amazing island to explore. It’s got beaches, volcanoes, lakes, rice terraces, and waterfalls. You can visit temples, water palaces, monkey forests, hidden canyons, and national parks. Balinese culture is fascinating and unique, from the festivals to the food to the music. You could spend a lifetime exploring Bali and all it has…

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Nyepi in 60 Seconds Posted by on Mar 15, 2018

Nyepi in 60 Seconds

There’s a lot going on in the lead-up to the Balinese New Year, known as Hari Raya Nyepi. A few days before, there’s the Melasti ceremony where sacred objects are brought to the sea to be purified. Then there’s the freaky ogoh-ogoh statues and a big performance or parade. Finally, the actual New Year’s Day…

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Hari Raya Nyepi Posted by on Mar 12, 2018

Hari Raya Nyepi

Hari Raya Nyepi is the Balinese New Year, which is also known as the Day of Silence. This is because the entire island shuts down for a day of meditation, prayer, and reflection. There are lots of ceremonies in the lead-up to Nyepi, including the exciting ogoh-ogoh parades. Nyepi is on a different day every…

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A Video Guide to Nyepi Posted by on Mar 27, 2017

Nyepi in 60 Seconds

Tomorrow is Nyepi, the Balinese New Year. It’s also known as the Day of Silence, because the entire island shuts down. It’s a day of fasting, meditating, and reflecting. No cars are on the road, no businesses are open, and even the airport is closed. In the lead-up to the holiday, there’s a lot going…

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A Guide to Nyepi Posted by on Mar 6, 2017

Once a year, the entire island of Bali shuts down for a day. The airport is closed, the roads are free of motorbikes, and even Kuta Beach is devoid of action. What’s the occasion? It’s Hari Raya Nyepi, or the Balinese New Year. It occurs on the first new moon of March, which fallsĀ on the…

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Best Culture and Travel Posts of 2016 Posted by on Dec 27, 2016

2016 was a big year here, as we had tons of great posts about Indonesia and its language and culture. We’ve already put together a list of the best language posts from this year, so go back and check that out to build your vocabulary and learn lots of useful grammar. This blog is also…

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Balinese Culture – Melasti Ceremony Posted by on Mar 10, 2016

A Guide to Nyepi

A few days before Nyepi – the Balinese New Year – villages all over the island perform the melasti purification ceremony. See highlights from Sanur in this short video:

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