Siwa Ratri - The Night of Shiva

The ‘longest night of the year’ is dedicated to the God known as Shiva, the Destroyer. This big event is a key part of the Balinese calendar and the tradition says that the people who meditate in his honor through this day will be forgiven all sins. The ritual includes restricting yourself from many amenities including sleep and food with the aim to clean all impurities accumulated during the last year. After a night-long meditation a purification ritual takes place on the beaches. Nowadays the Siwa Ratri is one of the most popular holy days in modern Bali; take the opportunity as visitors are more than welcome to observe.

When         January 5th, 2019
Where        All over Bali. Ceremonies are conducted at temples and villages around the island.

Things to do in Bali in January and February Siwa Ratri The Night of Shiva


Kuningan

The Balinese belief that on Kuningan the spirits of their ancestors return to heaven after visiting the earth and their families and friends for the Galungan festivities. So Kuningan marks the end of the 10 day festival with ceremonies and special offerings made of yellow rice. Kuning is the word for ‘yellow’ and that is also the color of the god Wishnu, the protector of the Hindu trinity. Try to catch a glimpse at the colorful event of the well dressed Balinese in their ceremonial clothes. In some of the smaller villages you may see some Barong dance performances along the streets. Visitors are welcome to join and watch.

When        January 5th, 2019
Where        Throughout  Bali. Ceremonies are conducted at temples and villages around the island.

Things to do in Bali in January and February Kuningan

 

Tumpek Krulut - the Compassion Day

A holy day where the devout  express their gratitude for life and life’s blessings, show compassion to one another and, in particular, to be charitable to the less fortunate in society. As a traveler or visitor this is the perfect opportunity to get a deeper understanding of the Balinese culture and way of life. Be part of the celebrations by watching the ceremonies with your Balinese neighbor or host. Make an offering to someone less fortunate, or donate to your favorite charity; all contributions will be appreciated. In previous years, Tumpek Krulut has brought together tourists, the local community and religious leaders. In doing so Bali prides itself as being culturally diverse and open-minded.

When         February 9th, 2019
Where        All over Bali. Ceremonies are conducted at temples and villages around the island.

Things to do in Bali in January and February Tumpek Krulut

 

Chinese New Year

Since 2002 the Chinese New Year is a public holiday in Indonesia also called the Imlek celebrations.  It’s all about turning to a new page and saying goodbye to the past: “out with the old and in with the new”. If you want to see for yourself how the Indonesian Chinese celebrate this special day, go to a Chinese Buddhist Temple (called “klenteng”) like Vihara Dharmayana Temple in Kuta or the new Satya Dharma Temple in Benoa. Imagine opulent decoration in a deep fruity red, smell an intense aroma of the burning incense and feel a calming and spiritual ambience with lit lanterns and a smoky sky.  Afterwards locals often celebrate with an indulgent reunion dinner and get-together with family and friends. There will be numerous auspicious and delicious celebrations on the island to help you on your way into the ‘new year’. 

When          February 5th, 2019
Where        All over the Bali. Ceremonies are conducted at temples and villages around the Island

Things to do in Bali ini January and February Chinese New Year

 

Tumpek Wayang – the Day of Art

At Tumpek Wayang all special prepared blessings are dedicated towards the traditional performance art form of shadow puppetry (known as Wayang ). The Balinese believe that the day was the birth of various types of art tools such as the Gong, Gender, Shadow Puppet, Barong and others. Various lovely decorated offerings are made to the attachments and range of character puppets involved in the traditional theatrical art. In addition, many people choose Tumpek Wayang as a fortunate day to perform their purification rite (called Ruwatan) both physically and mentally. The celebrations are one part in a series of Tumpek days for blessing different topics.

When         February 20th, 2019
Where        All over the Bali. Ceremonies are conducted at temples and villages around the Island

Things to do in Bali in January and February Tumpek Wayang the day of Art

 

Weather: what to expect when traveling to Bali in January/February

Ask a local about the weather during the rainy season in Bali and you may get 100 different opinions. The conditions are “certainly uncertain” and that is the reason why you get conflicting reports. Rainfall is common, especially during the nights. A small storm can clear quickly and bring out the sun. Expect an average temperature of 26°C (79°F) and some really nice days with no or only little rain, but also consider that some tropical rain showers might be part of your Bali experience. Very warm water makes swimming and long water sport sessions extremely comfortable as the average sea temperature rises to 29°C (84°F). But be aware that the ocean gets rougher due to the wind and rain and the beaches and water in general can become quite dirty because of rubbish that is washed on-shore.

Try to enjoy the quietness during the bad weather periods and take a time-out with your favorite book, go shopping, get a relaxing spa treatment or clarify and calm your mind with a yoga class. Enjoy beautiful Bali with a step up to better accommodations due to the low season discounts and pamper yourself with some extra indulgent lodging. You deserve it!