“The fine mixture between complex cultures, arts and natural beauty makes Bali a destination of excellence.”
Bali is an Indonesian island located very near to Java island. You just need 30 minute-boat riding east of Java to reach Bali. Inhabited by mostly Hindus, the 5.780 km²-wide island is dubbed as “The island of Gods.”
Rituals and traditional beliefs play the most important role in Bali’s culture. All Balinese always base their moves on their traditional belief. In worshiping, Balinese don’t only present flower offerings in temples that are commonly practice by Hindus. But, they also put the offerings in certain places that are considered as their sources of living. Hence, it will be a common view in Bali that offerings are put by the roads, in front of houses or even under a tree.
Traditional belief is even employed when Balinese build traditional houses. All components of the house should be managed according to directions and layout. Those two aspects are essential as they affect the people’s fortune.
“Besides real actions, Balinese’s appreciation of nature is mainly symbolized by various rituals.”
Tradition in Bali teaches the people to appreciate nature, making the people always keep balance of nature at its best. Beaches, mountain, lakes, rice fields and the land’s other natural wonders are kept pristine and unspoiled. No wonder that the exoticism of the island’s landscape draws tourists to continuously come to Bali.
Besides real actions, Balinese’s appreciation of nature is mainly symbolized by various rituals. Purnama Tilem celebration, for instance, is a cultural ceremony hosted during full moon and dark moon. The rituals aim at reminding people that dualism is real. Other sacred cultural and religious rituals can be found everywhere in Bali all year round.
Dances are another important aspect in Balinese culture. They are mainly expressions of ideas or concepts. But some dances have ritual significance. In this case, the dancers don’t only move but they also communicate with their gods or ancestors’ spirits. Among the many dances, Kecak, Pendet, Barong and Legong are the most iconic ones.
The fine mixture between complex cultures, arts and natural beauty makes Bali a destination of excellence. It’s not always festivity that people look for in Bali as for most people Bali is the land of inspiration, dream and serenity.
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