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January 8th SIWARATRI - Night of Shiva
Maha Shivratri (the ‘Great Night of Shiva’) is a Hindu festival celebrated every year in reverence of Lord Shiva. It is also known as padmarajaeathri. The night of Siwa is always celebrated on the day before Tilem Sasih Kepitu, the new moon of the 7th month of the Saka Moon calendar of Bali, a day which usually falls in the month of January. It is also known as Panglong sasih kapitu or Eve of the New Moon. This night is believed to be the darkest of all nights in the whole year. It is a time for introspection and meditation during which the Hindus of Bali pray for forgiveness of their earthly sins and for support and strength from Siwa in order to reach their higher selves.
   
January 21st BARONG DANCE at PADANGBAI
This ceremony is held every 15 days for 3 month on the day of Kajeng Kliwon. This dance portrays an epic battle between good and evil, a similar concept in most world religions. Barong, often depicted as a lion, represents ultimate good. In contrast, Rangda is an evil witch, or demon queen, skilled in black magic.
   
February 5th BARONG DANCE at PADANGBAI
This ceremony is held every 15 days for 3 month on the day of Kajeng Kliwon. This dance portrays an epic battle between good and evil, a similar concept in most world religions. Barong, often depicted as a lion, represents ultimate good. In contrast, Rangda is an evil witch, or demon queen, skilled in black magic.
   
February 8th CHINESE NEW YEAR
2016 is the Year of the Monkey in the Chinese Calendar. Join us to celebrate with a Chinese inspired dinner at our Helix 64 Restaurant and take advantage of our 222 Package and Family Getaway Package.
   
February 10th GALUNGAN
One of Bali's major festivals, celebrates the return of Balinese gods and deified ancestors to Bali. For ten days, Balinese families will entertain and welcome with prayers and offerings, along with ceremonies to cleanse and balance the inner and outer energy on the island. Galungan lasts for 10 days and features, among other things, barongs dancing from temple to temple in each village. The festival symbolizes the victory of good over evil. The origins of Galungan are still a mystery, but essentially this is the beginning of the week in which the gods and ancestors descend to earth… and good triumphs over evil.
   
February 14th VALENTINE’S DAY
A tradition at Bloo Lagoon, a candlelight 3 course dinner, fantastic sea view, friendly service and relaxed atmosphere. We suggest you take an advantage of our Feeling Romantic Package for this occasion.
   
February 20th BARONG DANCE at PADANGBAI
This ceremony is held every 15 days for 3 month on the day of Kajeng Kliwon. This dance portrays an epic battle between good and evil, a similar concept in most world religions. Barong, often depicted as a lion, represents ultimate good. In contrast, Rangda is an evil witch, or demon queen, skilled in black magic.
   
February 20th KUNINGAN
Kuningan is held ten days after Galungan and marks the end of the Galungan celebration. The Balinese believe that Kuningan is the day in which their ancestors ascend back to heaven after visiting the earth during Galungan. Offerings are given to the ancestors on their farewell day.
   
March 1st-7th YOGA WORKSHOP
   
March 1st ODALAN/CEREMONY at GOA LAWAH and ANDAKASA TEMPLE
Also known as the Bat Cave temple, Goa Lawah is one of the main points of interest. The temple is flanked by a natural cave formation that houses thousands of bats. Across the road the Balinese congregate on the black sand beach.
A short drive inland from Goa Lawah is Pura Andakasa, a hidden temple to the God Brahma and one of the nine key directional temples of Bali.
   
March 6th BARONG DANCE at PADANGBAI
This ceremony is held every 15 days for 3 month on the day of Kajeng Kliwon. This dance portrays an epic battle between good and evil, a similar concept in most world religions. Barong, often depicted as a lion, represents ultimate good. In contrast, Rangda is an evil witch, or demon queen, skilled in black magic.
   
March 8th TILEM KESANGA
Aimed at purifying and cleansing the earth, this ceremony is held on the eve of Nyepi, the Balinese New Year. Young villagers make giant puppets called Ogoh which symbolize evil spirits (bhuta kala) and place them around the Catus Pata or main road intersection. Later in the evening, accompanied by music, they parade the Ogoh-Ogoh through the village up to the graveyard where they are burned.
   
March 9th NYEPI/SILENT DAY
The Hindu Day of Silence or the Hindu New Year in the Balinese Saka calendar. The largest celebrations are held in Bali as well as in Balinese Hindu communities around Indonesia. On New Year's Eve the villages are cleaned, food is cooked for 2 days and in the evening as much noise is made as possible to scare away the devils. On the following day, Hindus do not leave their homes, cook or engage in any activity. Streets are deserted, and tourists are not allowed to leave hotel complexes. No arrival or departure flights at Ngurah Rai Airport.
In accordance with local regulations, all visitors must remain within the property's premises during Nyepi, from midnight of one day before to early morning on the next day. Check-in and check-out will not be possible. Only essential lights may be used in the villas while the Balinese will have no light for all night. Everything stops for a day, the day of total peace and quiet.
   
March 10th NGEMBAK BRATA / NGEMBAK GENI DAY
Before sunrise people gather on the beach and bathe to purify themselves. Families visit each other in order to keep good relations.
   
March 16st-19st SILAYUKTI TEMPLE CELEBRATION
Pura Silayukti, where Empu Kuturan - who introduced the caste system to Bali in the 11th century - is said to have lived, lies at the north end of Padangbai and during its "odalan" or birthday, people come from all over Bali to pray. The main street remains closed to vehicles as processions of beautifully dressed Balinese come to pledge their offerings. Wearing the appropriate temple clothes visitors are welcome to experience this traditional celebration and enjoy the dramatic views from the temple's cave.
   
March 20th-28th YOGA WORKSHOP
   
March 21st BARONG DANCE at PADANGBAI
This ceremony is held every 15 days for 3 month on the day of Kajeng Kliwon. This dance portrays an epic battle between good and evil, a similar concept in most world religions. Barong, often depicted as a lion, represents ultimate good. In contrast, Rangda is an evil witch, or demon queen, skilled in black magic.
   
April 1st-10th YOGA WORKSHOP
April 5th BARONG DANCE at PADANGBAI
This ceremony is held every 15 days for 3 month on the day of Kajeng Kliwon. This dance portrays an epic battle between good and evil, a similar concept in most world religions. Barong, often depicted as a lion, represents ultimate good. In contrast, Rangda is an evil witch, or demon queen, skilled in black magic.
   
April 11th-14th YOGA WORKSHOP
   
June 24th-25th MEKARE KARE at TENGANAN
Symbolic duel between two young men respectively armed a piece of thorny pandanus leaves and a rattan shield as protection and proceed to attempt to inflict scratches on the back of their opponent. This is one of the many rituals held at this traditional or “aga” Balinese village that is known for its unique site layout and social structure as well as their intricately woven double ikat textiles.
   
June 24th SARASWATI – DAY of KNOWLEDGE
Knowledge is given by God through the beautiful goddess Saraswati. Like many Balinese holidays, Saraswati day is held every six months and is celebrated all over Bali.
   
June 27th COMARIBEK
Two days after Saraswati the Balinese give thanks and pray for prosperity to Dewi Sri, the rice goddess of Bali. Dewi Sri is the one who feeds the people and sustains their lives. She is deeply loved by all.
   
June 29th PAGERWESI
Derived from the words Pager and Wesi, which mean iron fence, this is the day when Balinese strengthen their minds and souls against evil forces. This is a holiday observed by all regardless of their cast.
   
July 6th-7th IDUL FITRI
Idul Fitri is the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal. It marks the end of Ramadan, which is a month of fasting and prayer. Many Muslims attend communal prayers, listen to a khutba (sermon) and give zakat al-fitr (charity in the form of food) during Eid al-Fitr.
   
July 19th BLOO LAGOON TEMPLE CELEBRATION
Our temple "odalan" or anniversary will be held on the full moon according to Balinese tradition. Offerings and blessings will be followed by a "megibung" or communal meal, a custom of the Karangasem regency. Our guests are welcome to join in on the celebrations, which require full Balinese "adat" dressing. Our staff will gladly assist.
   
August 17th INDONESIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY
Always a joyous occasion to celebrate the birth of this young country in 1945.
   
Sept 2nd-13th YOGA WORKSHOP
   
September 7th GALUNGAN
One of Bali's major festivals, celebrates the return of Balinese gods and deified ancestors to Bali. For ten days, Balinese families will entertain and welcome with prayers and offerings, along with ceremonies to cleanse and balance the inner and outer energy on the island. Galungan lasts for 10 days and features, among other things, barongs dancing from temple to temple in each village. The festival symbolizes the victory of good over evil. The origins of Galungan are still a mystery, but essentially this is the beginning of the week in which the gods and ancestors descend to earth…and good triumphs over evil.
   
September 17th KUNINGAN
This festival is held ten days after the Galungan Festival. On this day, special offerings made of yellow rice and special dishes are offered, while every family compound and temple looks amazing with ornaments. Believed to be the day when ancestral holy spirits and Deities ascend back to heaven.
   
October 12th-15th SILAYUKTI TEMPLE CELEBRATION
Pura Silayukti, where Empu Kuturan - who introduced the caste system to Bali in the 11th century - is said to have lived, lies at the north end of Padangbai and during its “odalan” or birthday, people come from all over Bali to pray. The main street remains closed to vehicles as processions of beautifully dressed Balinese come to pledge their offerings. Wearing the appropriate temple clothes visitors are welcome to experience this traditional celebration and enjoy the dramatic views from the temple’s cave.
   
December 25th CHRISTMAS DINNER
We celebrate dinner on Christmas day with something for everyone, roast turkey, vegetarian dishes, fresh salads, delicious desserts and a traditional live Balinese performance.
   
To be announced EXHIBITIONS and OPENINGS at our BLOO ART SPACE
ARTISTIC PERFORMANCES: BARONG, LEGONG and JOGED DANCES and GAMELAN MUSIC and ART GALLERY OPENINGS .
   


 
 

 

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