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Bali Events 2020

Bali Events 2020


Lining up plans in Bali? Whether you're a local, new in town, or just passing through, you'll be sure to find something on Bali Event Calendar 2020 listed below that piques your interest.




Tumpek Uduh 

25 January 2020 - All Over Bali

Tumpek Uduh is a ceremony related to the environment, especially to preserve the tree. To pray for lush trees, flowering, have a good quality. umpek Uduh, also referred to as Tumpek Pengatag or Tumpek Wariga, is an event dedicated to Sanghyang Sangkara, the god of food on Bali Island. The locals will usually engage in this traditional festival by placing their varied offerings at the base of select trees on the island. Visitors who spend time on the island around this period will be happy to discover that the festivals also promote an appreciation for a harmonic living of human beings across the world.





Galungan & Kuningan

19 January - 29 January 2020 - All Over Bali

Balinese people celebrate the win of dharma (good) over the adharma (evil) for ten days. The dates change because they are defined by the 210-day Pawukon calendar. The opening day is marked by the festival of Galungan, which celebrates deities descending to Earth, and the closing day is Kuningan, which symbolizes the deities ascending to the heavens again. The temples and houses are decorated with colorful features and the tall bamboo poles called "penjor". The tallest penjors symbolize mountains which are considered the best places for prayes as they are close to the gods. Women bring fruits on the their heads in baskets to give their offerings which makes it a trully spectacular scene. The holiday is of the most importance and is more of a home festivity with true friends and close relatives getting together.





Galungan & Kuningan

25 March 2020 - All Over Bali

Nyepi is a Balinese "Day of Silence" that is commemorated every Isakawarsa (Saka new year) according to the Balinese calendar (in 2019, it falls on March 7). It is a Hindu celebration mainly celebrated in Bali, Indonesia. Nyepi, a public holiday in Indonesia, is a day of silence, fasting and meditation for the Balinese. The day following Nyepi is also celebrated as New Year's Day.[1][2] On this day, the youth of Bali in the village of Sesetan in South Bali practice the ceremony of Omed-omedan or 'The Kissing Ritual' to celebrate the new year. The same day celebrated in India as Ugadi. Observed from 6 a.m. until 6 a.m. the next morning, Nyepi is a day reserved for self-reflection, and as such, anything that might interfere with that purpose is restricted. The main restrictions are no lighting fires (and lights must be kept low); no working; no entertainment or pleasure; no traveling; and, for some, no talking or eating at all.




Omed Omedan

26 March 2020 - Banjar Kaja Sesetan, Denpasar

What could be more exciting than a crowd of unmarried guys and girls of 17 to 30 years kissing on the streets? The kissing festival takes place on the day after Nyepi (Saka New Year) and is a fun dating strategy. Literally meaning "pull-pull", omed-omedan is a ceremony when boys stay on one side of the road, and girls—on the other. The boys then run to the girls, pull them and kiss, while other people in the crowd pour water on them. The water pouring is a very important feature not only due to its fun, but it is also believed that this will cool the heat and tension down between the kissersThis ritual has helped many couples to meet and start dating. The Omed Omedan usually starts at around 2pm. If you want to observe it, arrive early to secure good viewing position. Protect your camera or any other electronic devices as there will be water everywhere. Apart of the festival there will also be a street bazaar with lots of traditional food and crafts. Live music and funny performances will entertain the crowd before the ritual begins.





Bali Spirit Festival

29 March - 5 April 2020 - Ubud

The energetic Bali Spirit Festival is held at different venues in the town of Ubud which is located in the centre of Bali Island. One of the main venues will be the Bhanuswari Resort which is located just 30 minutes drive to the East of central Ubud, surrounded by lush green rice fields. During the day, there are heaps of activities scheduled including yoga workshops, traditional Balinese performances, Bhakti Music, Kirtan, Capoeira, meditation, sound healing and ecstatic dance. You can also take part in some of the information seminars which focus on health, nutrition, self-help and Vedic astrology, just to name a few. You can take part in any of the yoga workshops, bring your own mat if you are able however there will be a limited number of yoga mats are available for sale at the festival venue. At night time, there will be music concerts with a huge line up of acts including traditional Balinese music, DJ’s and electronic music.



Ubud Food Festival

17 - 19 April 2020 - Ubud

The Ubud Food Festival is the brainchild of Janet DeNeefe, founder of the popular Ubud Writers and Readers Festival. The festival is packed with activities including cooking demonstrations, workshops, food forums, food tours and heaps more. The food festival will showcase cooking classes with the best chefs on the island where visitors can learn a thing or two about cooking local cuisine as well as gaining a few tips on how to cook some of the islands best delicacies. There are also culinary talks and a number of workshops for those who would like to learn to cook from scratch or to further their skills. Many of the workshops and cooking session are conducted in English, making it accessible for foreign visitors who would like to get involved. There are also wine-tasting sessions where you can taste a huge range of international wines which can be paired with Balinese cuisine. Also, make sure to head over to the market where you can meet local farmers and pick up some fresh farm produce.