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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular festivals and events hosted in Bali?

Reet Cheema DEC 10 2012
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This is when Bali will come alive with colours and smiles, a time when all revel, irrespective of being a local or a foreigner. Don’t you want a part of it in your memory as well in your memory card. Step out of your hotel and start focussing those lenses.

  • Bali Arts Festival

    The intricate hands movement, the subtle yet convincing expressions and the rhythmic footworks combine with strikingly-ornate golden attires depict several stories and legends of the Bali people and their gods. You will be teleported back to history and your whole senses will be captivated when a story is told is such a surreal way! This is a description of just one famous dance form known as legong. Imagine a month long, from June to July, celebration of numerous Balinese arts forms, from the traditional kecak, barong, baris and mask dances to the contemporary version like the Sendratari Ballets.  This festival is in fact a tribute to the rich and throbbing culture of Bali. You will be amazed how art bonds people from different corners of the world as episodes from the epics, Ramayana and the Mahabharata, from places as far as India find creative expression in  Bali. Join the celebration and revel to the marvel that art is.

  • Bali Spirit Festival

    With the wars that the world has witnessed and the present violence that seems to find its victim everyday, you might be sceptical when people say they do believe in peace but come to Bali during the Bali Spirit Festival and after seeing the huge number of people from all around the world that congregate for this festival of yoga, dance and music, synonymous with the celebration of inner peace and art, you will have a renewed hope. The four-days festival that is gaining more and more popularity every year is highlighted by the workshops and classes on yoga by the renowned yoga masters like Shiva Rea and Danny Paradise. Apart from these dance programmes and music concerts in the evening are huge crowd-pullers. Go for some eco-friendly shopping at Dharma Fair and try out some exquisite organic foods. Its a festival of your spirit, pamper it and feel a soothing calmness with every heartbeat.

    For more details of the event, click on to the website given below:
    Official Website: http://www.balispiritfestival.com

  • Bali Kite Festival

    Flora and fauna up in the sky, flying in the breezy Balinese wind- difficult to believe? You will surely change your mind when you see the Bebean (fish-shaped), Janggan (bird-shaped) and Pecukan (leaf-shaped) kites flown during Bali Kite Festival. This international kite festival fun quotient increases with the competition among the various teams. As the Balinese soar their visually breathtaking kites up in the blue sky, they do it with  prayers in their hearts for a rich harvest to their gods above. The frolic is thus given an intensity by the religious element and also by the gamelan instruments playing in the background. As you turn your head in awe of the kites above, which seem to sway in rhythm with the music and the green rice fields in the horizon, moving in unison to the cool breeze, you will see certain figures of Balinese gods. No, its nothing supernatural. It is a competition for the best three-dimensional kite in the shape of various Hindu gods. Visit Bali in July, buy a kite, string it and be ready to send your messages to the gods. Yes, it is as simple as that!

Participate in these festivals and your cultural exploration of Bali will be fulfilled. Learn a few dance steps, hum a melody with the crowd or simply watch the kites above- feel it for you know that its Bali in its best moment.

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