Special Happening...

 

Nyepi aka Silent Day in Bali
Nyepi (Day of Silence) is a religious event, as Bali is a Hindu society, that believes in the kamapala principle. It is meant to be a day of self introspection to decide on values, e.g. humanity, love, patience, kindness etc., that should keep forever. Nyepi normally falls on the month of March. There are several of exercising Nyepi: Melasti (3 days before Nyepi), Tawur Kesanga (eve of Nyepi), Nyepi (the day itself) & Ngembak Geni (the day after Nyepi).

Melasti (3 days before Nyepi) - All the effigies of gods from all village temple taken to the sea or river in long and colorful ceremonies where they have been bathed by the Neptunus of Balinese Lord, the God Baruna, before bring back to their shines.

Follow by the event of Tawur Kesanga (eve of Nyepi) - where all villages in Bali will hold a large exorcism ceremony at the main village cross road where it is acknowledge as the meeting place of demons. This parade is held all over Bali. All the Banjar (ruling village head) neighborhood participants and hundreds of youth associations make their own Ogoh-Ogoh (the fantastic monsters or evil spirits or Butha Kala made of bamboo). place which involves burning the Ogoh-Ogoh The Ogoh-Ogoh symbolize the evil spirits surrounding the environment  have to be get rid. Each of these Ogoh-Ogoh is carried on the shoulder of four to thirty
youths accompanied by the most demonic gamelan music. After all the Ogoh-Ogoh have been paraded around, eventually Ngrupuk rituals will takes place which involves burning the Ogoh-Ogoh. The world is then cleansed and ready for Nyepi (the day of silence)...

On Nyepi day itself is a totally scene of the eve of Nyepi, starting from 6am till following day 6am every street in Bali is quiet and no one is doing their normal daily activities or routine. During this day, 4 Nyepi Rituals are performed: Amati Geni (No fire or light, including no electricity), Amati Karya (No working), Amati Lelunganam (No traveling) and Amati Lelanguan (Fasting and no revelry / self-entertainment, in. other words, the whole island is totally silent. Hence on the day of silence, the world is clean and everything starts anew, with Man showing his symbolic control over himself and the "force" of the World, thus the mandatory religious control.

Ngembak Geni (the day after Nyepi), is the day when all activities back to track. This day Hindus societies usually begins with prayers, visit to forgive each other and doing the Dharma Canthi acitivities like reading Sloka, Kekidung etc (ancient scripts containing songs and lyrics)...

Contact us now if you like to join in this special event & have a taste of staying in the village during Nyepi!

 


Sampi Makepung ~ Buffalo Racing in Bali
Locate at west of Bali, there is place call Jembrana Regency holding an unique tradition race called, Makepung (Buffalo Race). It is a tradition of racing which has been passed down generations. The race is held on a 2km in length & shape like a jogging track, and the riders ride on a little 2-wheeled cart called Cikar pulled by two water buffaloes & their hand would held a short whip to be use whipping on buffaloes through out the entire race. This racing is held annually, twice a year between July and October, when farmers have no schedule to plough their fields.


The appearance of buffaloes are decorated with silk banners and wooden bells, not only that its horns are being paint with assorted colors. Nowadays, beside farmers who are participating for in this racing event, there are also other professionals who have their own buffaloes  are welcome to join in this exciting competition. On the actual day of racing, hundred couple of buffaloes are being registered and divided into  2 groups, west and east. Each of this group has their own color of clothing and flag to represent, red and green. Therefore each of the participants from one side is being race against the opposite side. The racing for both side start race at the same track but start in different position and end with different finishing line. This is due to the racing track is very narrow, hence it is unlikely for the participants to pass each other, what they can only did was to run as fast as possible in order to win this race.

If you do not want to miss this traditional and yet exciting race, Contact us now!

 


Cremation in Bali
A cremation in Bali is the ultimate of all ceremonies for the Balinese people. There is no sadness in death, but only happiness as it is when the spirit is returned to the Gods. No tears are shed in this ceremony as this will disturb the soul and make it unwilling to leave this world. The indulgence of the ceremony is dependent on the wealth of the family, and it is not uncommon for the body to be temporarily buried while the families save for the cremation, or a poorer family may even use the occasion of another ceremony to cremate their own.

Before the cremation, several days or 1 day before the body is carefully bathed in holy water and wrapped in fresh clothing in a respectful manner. Food and offering are prepare for the decease as if they were still alive. The decrease is closely guard day and night until the cremation day, everyone associate with the decease comes to pay their respect during that period of time.

On the day of cremation, the decease is placed within an elaborate tower constructed in tiers out of wood, bamboo and gold paper which had been made by the family. After a series of sacred mantras and sprinkling of holy water, the tower then makes its way to the graveyard carried in a procession by the traditionally dressed young men of the local community. Men energetically shake and turn the tower, the priest continues to shower followers with holy water, the stream of white ribbon is held
aloft by family whilst the route meanders through the village seemingly without purpose and the Gamelan band follows behind playing intently, all part of the journey to ensure that the spirit will not return to the family home. Once at the cremation ground, the body is transferred to the funeral pyre, the casket sometimes shaped as a bull. The decease is then blessed by the priest as he rings his bell to help the spirit reach heaven and then the eldest son of the deceased or a close male relative rides on the top of the tower to safeguard the body. If the deceased is high caste then some villages also include a white or black bull sarcophagus in the procession that is later burnt together with the body.

After the ceremony and the fired extinguished, the family will gather the remaining bones to grind down and place in an figure made from coconut. In the coming days, the figure will be blessed and then accompanied by family, taken to the sea or river and cast into the water along with offerings. A Balinese Cremation is a colorful and very symbolic Balinese ritual culminating in the burning of the body so the spirit can continue on its journey to return to the Gods ensuring that the circle of life may continue.

A balinese cremation ceremony is a time of celebration for the soul of decease, so would to join in this extraordinary experience during your stay in Bali, Contact us now to make special arrangement!

 


Gede Orphanage
Gede Orphanage is an orphanage that houses twenty three children of age from two to five teen years old and is located in Small Village at Karangasem Regency East of Bali Around three hour drive from Kuta The Orphans come many different background and they are all from the village. This orphanage has been operated since 08 November 1999 and is independent. We do not ask for any donation fund from anyone for our orphanage, our motive is to show the life of poor people. The only request we ask for is donation of clothes, books and stationery for education and rice. We would like to thank everyone who is interested to visit and share small thing to the children at the village in advance.

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Gede Orphanage Building Fund Raising

We are trying to raise some fund to buy a land at the village in order to build a safe and good environment for the orphans and poor people to stay, work, study, do their homework after school and play. Click here to read more about it.