The Balinese are skilled artisans and are also noted for their traditional dance, the distinctive music of the gamelan and for their skills in weaving cloth. Another tradition is Nyepi, an ancient festival marking the Balinese New Year. On New Year's day itself the island comes to a complete standstill and so is a great time to visit to experience this fascinating tradition.
Nyepi is an ancient festival marking the Balinese New Year. On Nyepi day Yama, the lord of hell, is believed to let a horde of devils loose upon the island of Bali. A few days before the celebration, the Balinese try to lure the devils from their dens and undertake various processions and rituals to restore the balance of good and evil on the island. On New Year's day itself the island comes to a complete standstill. This is a great time to visit Bali to experience this fascinating tradition.
Bali, with its glorious beaches, rice-terraced mountains and vivid Hindu culture, has attracted writers and artists since the beginning of last century but they have done little to change the islanders’ traditional way of life.
13 hours (Jakarta, via Singapore)
Etihad, Garuda Indonesia, Malaysia Airlines & Singapore Airlines
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