Omed-Omedan, ‘festival of splashes and smooches’

Date: 29 March 2017
Location: Banjar Kaja, Sesetan village, Denpasar
omed-omedan-bali-eventsOmed-Omedan is a traditional festivity restricted to the village of Sesetan. It is held on the day after Nyepi (Day of Silence and Seclusion), when the youth and whole sub-village of Banjar Kaja Sesetan take to the street where water is splashed and sprayed, and the highlight being two sides of the crowd in a tug-o-war-like scene with a pair in the middle ‘forced’ to smooch at each interval.

Bali Spirit Festival 2017

Bali Spirit Festival 2017 will see its 10th annual running this March 19-26, once again gathering like-minded yoga instructors and practitioners of all different levels from Bali and around the world. The festival is also a celebration of east and west through world arts, dance and music through colourful concerts and performances. A packed agenda features numerous health and wellbeing workshops held in various yoga centres in Ubud and around Bali. As in its preceding years, Bali Spirit Festival 2017 anticipates over 6,000 festival-goers from various countries, who’ll descend upon the festival’s outdoor festival grounds. This year’s theme is ‘Tri Hita Karana’, a Balinese philosophical axiom that translates to a harmonious relationship spiritually, within society and the natural environment. In all, the festival sets out to foster positive change and spread messages of love and peace toward a global impact.
Full yoga workshops to join during the festival, which run from 08:00 to 17:00 daily, headlines international instructors mastering various yoga styles, from Hatha, Tantra, Mantra, Prana flow, Anusara, Yin, Kundalini, Vinyasa, Ashtanga to many others. There was even ‘laughing yoga’ that proved a big highlight at past events. The yoga events also become a great chance for budding practitioners to meet up with and be inspired by new friends while improving their own styles. Besides full workshops, a daytime event to check out during the festival is the Dharma Fair, an engaging scene full of health product bazaars with local organic food stalls, a kids’ zone where little ones can play and do fun yoga, and a stage that showcases various world music bands and soloists who help keep up the vibes throughout these daytime gatherings. In the evenings, anticipate the festival’s Bhakti Nights with dedicated ‘One World, One Stage’ concerts, as a variety of gigs including poetry and dance are presented across its two stages.

To join the Bali Spirit Festival 2017 events, there are numerous passes available, including a VIP full festival pass at USD 795 that enables you to enjoy all the five-day festival has to offer. There are also single day passes at USD 156, and if you’re only into the world music and lively concerts, you can go for their three-night and single-day passes to the One World Stage, available at USD 85 and 28 respectively. To get you to venues throughout the five-day festival, make good use of a special shuttle service that take off from different areas within central Ubud, from 07:00 through midnight. These shuttle points include the Ubud Monkey Forest in Padangtegal, Ubud’s soccer field further up on Jalan Dewi Sita, Bali Spirit’s KAFE on Jalan Hanoman, and the ARMA Café located in the Pengosekan area, minutes east from the main Ubud hub.

Melasti

Melasti is a Hindu Balinese purification ceremony and ritual, which according to Balinese calendar is held several days prior to the Nyepi holy day. It is observed by Hindus in Indonesia, especially in Bali. MELASTIMelasti was meant as the ritual to cleanse the world from all the filth of sin and bad karma, through the symbolic act of acquiring the Tirta Amerta, “the water of life”

Melasti ceremony is held on the edge of the beach with the aim to purify oneself of all the bad things in the past and throw it to the ocean. In Hindu belief, the source of water such as lake and sea water, are considered as the source of life(Tirta Amrita). In addition to performing prayers, during Melasti ceremony, all of sacred objects which belongs to a temple, such as pralingga or pratima of Lord Ida Sanghyang Widi Wasa, and all of sacred equipments, are being cleaned and purified.

Hari Raya Nyepi Tahun Baru Saka 1939

Bali’s Day of Silence “Nyepi” 2017

 HARI RAYA NYEPI

Tuesday 28th March 2017

Hari Raya Nyepi is the New Year for Balinese Hindus celebrating the Caka Year of 1939.  On this very auspicious occasion, many ceremonies and rituals are held throughout the Island of Bali, & we have detailed below the events taking place during this period and would ask you to respect the Balinese culture during your stay in Bali.

Saturday 25th March 2017

One of the most important preparations for the coming New Year is the Purification Ceremony, known locally as “Melasti”, held along Kuta Beach. The local Balinese will take offerings and holy objects such as statues and “keris” to the beach for ritual cleansing. They will also conduct prayers & cleanse themselves in the sea.  Local authorities invite you to witness this ceremony with decorum & from a distance. Tourist are requested to walk around Kuta’s public areas &/or the beach in proper clothing & NOT bikini.

Sunday 26th March 2017

A ceremony will be held at Bale Agung Desa Adat Kuta temple commencing approximately 3pm. Please expect there to be some traffic delays during this time.

Monday 27th March 2017

The climax of ritual activity is on the eve of Nyepi. During these solemn, powerful hours, priests throughout Bali will perform a Tawur agung, praying and ritually sacrificing a variety of animals to appease the demons and honor the gods in an attempt to harmonize the conflicting universal powers of good and evil.

Ceremonies (Tawur Kesanga) will be held at Desa Adat Kuta Square & in front of Bale Agung Adat Kuta temple, commencing 4pm onwards. During this time Jalan Legian will be CLOSED by local authorities therefore please expect there to be traffic in the Kuta area. Please ask our staff at Reception should you require any assistance in communicating with your contact for transportation.

Ogoh Ogoh (Paper Mache) Parade

Join in the fun of watching this special Balinese event, for a good vantage point walk down to Bemo Corner (temple in the middle of Jl Legian & JL Raya Pantai) to enjoy the evenings festivities .

Tuesday 28th March 2017

The first day of the Caka New Year, also known as Hari Raya Nyepi, is a Day of Complete Silence in Bali.  The whole island will be void of people on the streets (since it is mandatory for everyone to stay indoors) or on the hotel premises and there shall be NO noise, NO lights and NO activities in whatsoever form.  The whole island of Bali shall appear deserted and therefore it is believed that the evil spirits will pass over the island.

We seek your cooperation in observing the following mandatory rules issued by the Religious Department of Bali during the celebration of Hari Raya Nyepi.

  1. Guests are not permitted to leave the premises of the Hotel commencing 6am Tuesday 28th March until 6am Wednesday 29th  March 2017.  To do so is considered a criminal act.
  2. All guestroom night curtains are required to be fully drawn from 6pm Tuesday 28th March until 6am Wednesday 29th March 2017. You are requested to keep lighting to a minimum as no lights are to be seen from outside.
  1. The entire hotel’s outdoor lighting will be completely switched off following sunset on Tuesday 28th March 2017 until sunrise on Wednesday 29th March 2017.
  1.  This means that the Hotel’s swimming pool & Jacuzzi will be closed from 6 pm Tuesday 28th March 2017 till the following morning. A Buffet Dinner will be served in Nangka Restaurant by candle light until 7pm. Room service will cease operating at 6pm.

In addition, as per a new regulation of the Government of Bali, all television providers including cable channels, will not broadcast during Nyepi Day. To compensate this decision we will set up an In-House Movie program from 6am Tuesday 28th March 2017.

Should you have your own DVD’s we have limited DVD players available for rent @ Rp50,000/day, but this will be on a ‘first come first serve basis’.

Massages are available 9am-6pm in our room massage #110 or beside the pool (reservations are essential)

Wednesday 29th March 2017

The second day of the Caka New Year, also known as “Ngembak Geni”, is a Day for Hindu people to do ”Sima Krama/Dharma Santi”, visiting and apologizing to one another. On this occasion, you may visit a market called “PASAR MAJELANGU”, which will be held along the Kuta Beach area.  Please also be aware that on this day, shops and restaurants will start to open after 12.00 noon but most of them might remain closed.