Sustainable Solutions 2019

The annual music, arts, and environmental festival of Green School Bali will be held this coming 2-4 May with the theme 'Connect, Respect, Protect'. Bringing together solution providers from all backgrounds – NGOs, schools, social businesses, startups, teachers, students, community members – to gather, connect, inspire, educate, and equip our community to live more sustainably. The three-day festival will feature inspiring speakers from around the world, workshops, talks, panel discussions, music, and dance performances, artistic activities as well as vendor showcases,  a farmers market, and more. The event is especially great for children, as activities and experiences help to educate them on sustainability, environment and this year, in particular, indigenous communities. Last year, 800 people attended Sustainable Solutions 2018 at Green School with 45 international and local speakers and 40 solutions makers so book your ticket in advance.

When    2.-4.May 2019
Where  Green School Bali, Abiansemal

Bali International Indigenous Festival 2019

As a gathering of filmmakers from all over the world, the 2nd Bali International Indigenous Film Festival opens at Njana Tilem Museum, Mas, Ubud, on May 10 with an indigenous blessing ceremony and honoring of the ancestors. Followed by an indigenous traditional dance the opening day will show three documentary films and a talk with the directors. With seating for up to 500 people amongst spacious gardens, grab a drink, mix and mingle with filmmakers and enjoy an exquisite dining experience. Be prepared for a special weekend with 32 film screenings hosted at the very comfortable Paradiso in Ubud. 12 film directors will be in attendance over the 3-day festival with documentaries from 8 different countries. The theme "Stories that Matter" covers a variety of topics including indigenous wisdom, connection with nature, solution-focused alternatives, land rights issues, success stories, forest preservation, and the use of technology to support indigenous interests. Mark your calendar now as there is limited seating at Cinema Paradiso. Last year's festival opening night was a sellout with many sessions sold out.

When   10.-12. May 2019
Where  Opening night Njana Tilem Museum, Mas, Ubud at 5 pm -11 pm, Paradiso, Ubud 10 am – 11 pm

Saraswati

Saraswati Day is devoted to Dewi Saraswati, the Goddess of Science & Knowledge. On this day, Balinese people bless books of knowledge, manuscripts, and the Vedas and offerings are made. Especially students celebrate it at school, usually in the morning. Saraswati Day is not a public holiday, so all offices and banks are open. The day after Saraswati is called Banyu Pinaruh. Taken together, the words mean that one must have wisdom (Pinaruh) which always flows like water (Banyu). In the early morning of Banyu Pinaruh Day, the Balinese go to the beaches, rivers, and springs to purify themselves and pray for wisdom.

When   11.May 2019
Where  All over Bali

Pagerwesi

Pagerwesi commemorates the day upon which an ancient battle between good and evil was fought. The word "Pagerwesi" means "iron fence", and reflects the purpose of this important event: it is the day to strengthen one's fortifications against evil. The correlation between Pagerwesi and the Saraswati is that knowledge is so powerful that it must be protected from bad influences. Pagerwesi Day reminds people to be wise and more aware of the function and power of knowledge. The Balinese celebrate the Pagerwesi ceremony every six months according to the Balinese calendar and is usually held three days after the last Saraswati day.

When  15.May 2019
Where  All over Bali

Vesak Day, Buddhist Year 2563

Vesak Day, also known as Wesak Day/ Buddha Purnima/ Buddha's Birthday is a major Buddhist festival celebrated by all the Buddhists throughout the world, with great ceremonial rituals. This day actually memorializes the birth, enlightenment and passing away of the Lord Gautama Buddha. All Buddhist temples in Bali are decorated with flags & flowers and devotees are expected to assemble in temples before dawn. The ceremonial rituals like hoisting the Buddhist flag and bathing of Lord Buddha are done with monks chanting the hymns of the holy triple gem: The Buddha, The Dharma, and The Sangha. During the evening, various candlelit processions are organized in the streets. This is a good opportunity to visit the big temples like Satya Darma in Benoa or Buddha Sakyamuni Monastery in Denpasar.

When   19.May 2019
Where  Buddhist temples all over the island

What weather to expect when traveling to Bali in May

The weather in Bali in May is typified by sunnier days than the preceding months and marks the start of the dry season in Bali with an average temperature of 27.3 degrees Celsius and a low average rainfall of 76mm. Most will find the weather in May superb for sightseeing and outdoor photography as well as other outdoor activities. It's a great time to hit the beach, with an average sea temperature around pleasantly warm 28 degrees Celsius, good for whatever water sports you may prefer. Expect a refreshing breeze around the beaches during daytime and watch the locals, both kids as adults, get excited with their kites in the afternoon.