Tumpek Uduh -Tree and Plant Worship Festival


One of the most beautiful ceremonies held in Bali is the Tumpek Uduh, a feast dedicated to the trees, fruits and flowers. The event is 25 days prior to Galungan and offerings are made to the Sanghyang Sangkara, the God of Food, asking for guidance on the cultivation, growth, harvesting and preservation of the plants. The aim of this ritual is to remind the locals of the importance of plants and natural vegetation as a source of food, so all households bless their gardens, plantations and farms. 

When           December 1st, 2018
Where          Throughout Bali. Ceremonies are held at temples and villages around the island.

Things to do Bali in November and December Tumpek Uduh

Things to do Bali in November and December Tumpek Uduh 2

 

Galungan and Kuningan

Galungan is one of the most important Balinese holidays which honors the creator of the universe (Ida Sang Hyang Widi) and the ancestral spirits. It marks the victory of Dharma over Adharma (the triumph of good over evil) at a time when ancestral spirits of deceased relatives visit the Earth. The most obvious sign of the celebrations are the penjor - bamboo poles with offerings which are erected along the edges of streets everywhere. The poles have colorful decorations that will often include rice, fruits, flowers and leaves from the coconut tree. Offerings will consist of special foods, scented flowers and a woven palm offering. The peak celebration will be at December 26th, when people put on their finest clothes to visit the neighbors and relatives.

When           26.12.2018 - 05.01.2019
Where         Throughout Bali. Ceremonies are held at temples and villages around the island.

Things to do Bali in November and December Galungan 1

Things to do in Bali In November and December

 

NYE and Countdown

The whole island turns into a huge party for those who want to stay over New Year’s Eve. Bali allows you to celebrate in many different ways:  partying all night long in one of the famous beach clubs, nightclubs, bars and rooftops. Simply enjoy your favorite restaurant or the hotel where you are staying which usually comes up with a special festive menu for that day. Or have a private party with family and friends in your own rented villa. Fireworks can be seen in locations all over Bali, but remember that the island may not necessarily run on a tight timetable, so don’t be surprised if there are numerous displays all throughout the night. Make sure you book everything in advance due to peak tourist season!

When             December 31st,  2018
Where            Throughout Bali

Things to do in Bali in November and December NYE and Countdown

 

Nusa Dua Light Festival

Different Themes will light up the Peninsula Island of Nusa Dua during December 2018 – January 2019 for the 4th Nusa Dua Light Festival. All interested visitors are welcome from 3:00pm-9:00pm to admire the beautiful fairy lights, lampions and a light fountain decorated with colorful LED´s. Spot numerous life-size lanterns, ranging from small dinosaurs to a hot air balloon that you can ride in for an amazing overview of the festival grounds. If you’re willing to take rare and unique selfies or group snapshots with friends against the various lanterns and displays, be sure to bring a tripod or smartphone with low-light shooting capability. Beneath food and beverage facilities you may also find live music every day and of course some extra entertainment like face painting, and various rides to play. 

When            1. December 2018 – 31. January 2019
Where            Nusa Dua

Things to do in Bali in November and December Nusa Dua Light Festival 1

Things to do in Bali in November and December Nusa Dua Light Festival 2


What weather to expect when traveling to Bali in November/December

High season is also rainy / monsoon season as well, but that fact needn’t put you off. Go expecting some rain, often during nighttime, but it's not constant and everything dries up quite quickly. As well as waiting for the rain to stop in a café or restaurant, it's a good opportunity for a massage or spa treatment, or manicure, or shopping. Nevertheless it's still very warm, and you'll find bright blue skies with some clouds.. The average sea temperature these months is 27°C (81°F), which is warm water and enjoyable even for extended periods of time.