Ogoh-Ogoh: This is the day before Nyepi, which is also like the Balinese New Year’s Eve. It’s a massive celebration that takes place throughout the entire island with a lot of dance, drums, music and parades. Giant structures of demons, called Ogoh-Ogoh, that are made of bamboo and paper are paraded before being burned at the end of the night. This signifies the chasing away of demons so that the year starts afresh the next day!
Galungan: This is another very important festival in Bali to celebrate the creation of the universe and the victory of good over evil. The Balinese Hindus believe that on this 10-day period, the spirits of their ancestors will visit them and hence they will be welcoming these spirits with prayers and offerings.
Galungan is celebrated over three days, in which women will decorate and clean temples while men make penjors (decorative bamboo poles with offerings) which will adorn the streets of Bali. The next day, Balinese will head to the temples for prayers and on the final day, there will be no work as people will be visiting their friends and relatives.
Odalan: This celebration takes place in all the temples in Bali and celebrates the arrival of the gods on the anniversary of the temple. It occurs every 210 days since the temple was established, which means every temple will have a different Odalan date. On this day, women bring offerings to the temple and decorate it with flowers. There will be prayers and blessed rice is distributed to all devotees who will then apply them to their forehead, temples and throat.
There are over 20,000 temples in Bali so if you do get a chance, try to catch this celebration to really get a glimpse of the richness of Balinese traditions!
Guests at Club Med Bali would be pleased to know that we offer many activities and excursions if you’d like to get to know the Balinese culture and traditions better. Whether it’s watching a dance performance, joining our cooking lessons or taking part in an excursion to a temple, we have just the right activity for you. Book a package with us today for an all-inclusive stay!