Music, drama, dance and costumes become a feast for the senses during temple festivities. Rites of passage at Balinese family households can almost be seen daily, celebrating the cycle of birth, death and rebirth. Special cultural dates and highlights also mark the calendar, through annual art festivals and local revelries that visitors should check out to make the best of their visit.
Kamen – Balinese Traditional Attire
Traditional Balinese clothes are colorful, extravagant and aesthetically pleasing. They are used for religious ceremonies, wedding ceremonies and for daily use.
The clothing is different for males and females. Years ago, the Balinese did not wear any clothing for their upper body. These days, women wear kebaya and men wear collared shirts.
Canang Sari is one of the daily offerings (usually every morning) made by Balinese Hindus to show gratitude to the Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa (the All-In-One-God) in praise and prayer. Canang Sari can be found all over the island, in small house shrines, Balinese temples (pura), and even on the ground.
A small Canang usually contains flowers and/or money placed on a tiny square tray woven out of a coconut leaf. The word “Canang” itself refers to the tray, while “Sari” refers to the essence of the offering, which may be a small amount of Kepeng (the coin money or paper money) placed on top.
If you have ever been to Bali, you probably met a lot of people with the same name.
The Balinese naming system is a very special phenomenon and might be confusing at first. Let us explain!
In general, Balinese people name their children depending on the order they are born, and the names are almost the same for both males and females. This system helps you place people in their family and society.