Sanur was once a sleepy fishing village but now has many good hotels, good shopping and wide variety of restaurants. The boardwalks along the beach stretches for severed kilometres with views of reef ,Lembongan and Nusa Penida Islands in the distances. Many colourful ceremonies take place and the sound of gamelan echoes to the streets of Sanur. Sanur has become but still maintains strong tradition. A true Bali spirit adn traditions still can be easily found. In other words, Sanur is the heart of Bali.
Events for 2016
Nyepi Day : 08 March 2016
Nyepi Day si famously known as The Silence Day, is the Balinese New year Celebration. Nyepi Day means a day of 24-hour prohibition and restricted activities as no one is allowed to leave their resort or accommodations, nor go to the beach. All restaurants, stores, and businesses throughout the island are closed on Nyepi Day. Vacationers are asked to kindly respect this Balinese tradition and to cooperate by returning to their rooms in the early evening and by drawing their curtains tight so as not to let any light escape to attract wandering spirits.
Residents of Bali and the vistiors are required to remain in their homes or hotels and observe the basic laws of Nyepi Day: no driving, no working, no eating, no noise-making, no visible lights, and no entertainment or love-making. even the airport will be closed for 24 hours except for emergency situation. The hospital will be remains open for 24 hours.
Two days before the Nyepi Day, Balinese Hinduism will held processions of Melasti, which is thousands of the Balinese will fullfill the streets toward to the beaches. You can feel the majestic atmosphere of Bali on this Melasti Day. And the day after , will be known as Pengerupukan Day or the the new year eve, the Ogoh -Ogoh (giant demons dolls) parade will be held on this evening along the streets of Denpasar, Sanur, Kuta and Ubud with traditinal music or gamelan and dances.
Galungan Day : 10 February 2016 and 7 September 2016
The Galungan Festival is a religious festival on the island for the Balinese Hinduism. Though it is a festival of the Hindus, the participation of people from various castes is really noticeable. Do, come in this festival. You will certainly enjoy it.
HARI RAYA KUNINGAN 20 February 2016 and 17 September 2016
On the holy day is told Ida Sang Hyang Widi down to earth to give blessings for the welfare of all people in the world. Often believed, the ceremony at the feast of brass should be done before noon, before the time of the Betara back to heaven.
Brass is a series of ceremonies Galungan, 10 days prior to Brass. On the day it was made of yellow rice, a symbol of prosperity and dihaturkan offerings-offerings as a sign of gratitude and eyelash suksmaning we as human beings (people) receive the gift of Hyang Widhi of clothing materials and food items were delegated by him to his people on the basis of love-his love. In the tebog or selanggi containing yellow rice is planted a puppet, puppet (angels) which grace bestows prosperity to us all.
Location: Indonesia - Bali
Address: Padang Galak, Sanur Beach, Bali, Indonesia
Venue: Bali, Indonesia
The Bali Kite Festival is an international kite festival, held annually every July in the Padang Galak area of Sanur. Giant traditional kites, four meters in width and almost ten meters in length, are crafted and flown competitively by teams hailing from the villages of Denpasar. This event is a seasonal religious festival sending a plea to the Hindu deities for an abundant crop and harvest, and truly is a feast for all five senses. A gamelan orchestra provides the soundtrack throughout the festivities, as the legion of airborne kites dance to their beat.
If you're lucky enough to travel to your Bali accommodation during this time make sure you don't miss this festival! Bebean(fish-shaped), Janggan(bird-shaped), and Pecukan(leaf-shaped) are traditional kites flown during the festival by teams of ten or more adult kite fliers. The Bebean is the largest of these kites, and resembles a broad-mouth split-tail fish. The Janggan kite sports an impressive flowing cloth tail, often reaching one hundred meters or more in length. The Pecukan requires the most skill to fly, due to its relatively unstable form. The traditional colors of these impressive kites are red, white, and black.
The sight of these colorful kites gently bobbing in the blue Balinese sky draw many local spectators, as well as a large amount of visiting tourists each year. Officials report that over one thousand kites from foreign countries participated in the 2011 festival, lending this lovely local tradition a true international flavor.Each type of traditional kite has its own competition, with groups of ten teams competing for such titles as best launch and longest flight. Occasionally the kites come down over nearby rice paddies, and team members must dash through the paddy to retrieve the kite before it hits the water.
A competition is also held during the festival featuring new creation kites, which may include three-dimensional flying works of art depicting the Hindu gods, or even sponsorship kites. Both traditional and new creation kites are painstakingly handcrafted from bamboo and cotton cloth, resulting in flying works of art.In the dry season of June, July, and August, the winds blow steadily from east to west throughout most of Indonesia. During this period it is common to happen upon the charming sight of kids and adults happily flying their kites in the vacant rice paddies, even after the official festival has come and gone.
Sanur Village Festival 26 -30 August 2016
Sanur Village Festival offers you cultural activities like traditional dance performances, music, water sports and Food festival full of delicious cuisines.
Activities Cultural Activities, traditional dance performances and water sports activities.
Location: Bali, Indonesia.
Sanur Village Festival has become a major event in Bali Event Calendar. The main aim of the festival is to attract large number of tourist from various countries. After its huge success last year, the organizers of the event are planning to make this event even better and bigger. These year Sanur village festival promises a lot of water sports activities and adventure. The event is inspired by Marine life which plays a vital role in daily life of Balinese. Sanur Village Festival is highlighted as major tourist attractions of Bali event calendar. So all your beach and water sports lovers out there pack your bags and have a wonderful time at Sanur Village Festival.
MAKEPUNG BUFFALO RACES IN BALI 2015
Dates : July 2015 Mertasari, Jembrana (unconfirmed)
Bali has a wealth of bull races. This racing tradition is a large deal in the town of Jembrana, Negara regency, even taking on the official championships designation as the Governor's Cup or 'Piala Bupati'. The festival usually kicks off with various heats around the coastal race tracks of Jembrana in the month of July, leading up to the finals and festivities occurring mid-November. The tradition traces back to the legacies of the Jembrana farmers, and during the festivities various other art forms of the locality are performed as well, such as bull fashion shows and Jegog bamboo orchestras.
Makepung is the name of a major grand prix in Jembrana, West Bali, which features racing buffalo races. Hundreds of pairs of buffaloes are teamed up together with their jockeys riding the traditional wooden ploughs that are slightly modified for the competition.
The racer buffaloes, called kerbau pepadu, compete in various open race circuits in assorted heats around the district of Melaya, leading up to the finals, or what has come to be known as the Jembrana Regent's Cup, and the Governor's Cup, held annually.
Makepung is derived from the base word of kepung, meaning ‘chase', similar to the expression ‘steeplechase'. Makepung is one of the unique traditions stemmed from the agrarian life scene of the island, and is a widely enjoyed event in the regency of Jembrana, west Bali.
The grand-scale events inspired from such a simple, traditional pastime preserves the unique traditions of this part of the island, as well as to promote tourism to this far flung western location. The competitions also provide positive impact on other local sectors such as agriculture and farming.
The tradition has partly prevented the shift of land for farming use, and it has also encouraged the people to improve the quality of animal husbandry, raising winning buffaloes for the yearly events.
There are approximately seven different circuits spread out in various locations throughout the district. The Sangyang Cerik circuit in the village of Tuwed, Melaya district is one of the main circuits. The other dedicated fields-turned-circuits include Delod Berawah, Kaliakah, Pangkung Dalem, Merta Sari, Tuwed and Awen.
On the eve of the finals, there is a gathering among the racing teams called sekaa makepung with the Jembrana regent, and the evening is as festive as the major racing day that follows, being filled with art performances and public entertainment.
On race days, international visitors will also be equally amused by the ‘buffalo fashion shows' that feature the bovines beautifully and carefully dressed up with ornaments from hoof to horn, in another segment of the ‘best-dressed' competitions.
PESTA KESENIAN BALI (Bali Art Festival) PKB XXXVIII 2016
Bali Arts Festival is considered as one of the enchanting celebration of the year! Aside from the colorful music and art performances, it touches the realization that art affects daily endeavours. The festival will be held at Bali, Indonesia from the month of June until July. Explore each various events which showcases the creative handicrafts exhibitions, arts by means of music, dance and beauty. The cultural parade will be happening where people n their distinct costumes are eye-catching. This is also one way promoting Balenese culture for tourism.
Indonesian Independence Day
Date: 17 August 2015
This year marks Indonesia's 68th year of independence. The day is celebrated on August 17, when red-and-white flags adorn the street sides and flag raising ceremonies take place at government offices and a major ceremony takes place in Jakarta, attended by the state head and officials. Households and communities throughout the archipelago also post flags and decorations at front of houses.
Some communities also hold sack-run races and other revelries in the spirit of nationality. Check out your hotel's food and beverage highlights for some Independence Day promos and menu specials that usually feature national culinary delights.