Bali Culture and Traditions is an art of living

Bali Culture And Traditions

In Indonesia, there are still many local people who still adhere to their culture.

And one of them is Bali people from Bali island.

They still respects the Bali culture and traditions of their ancestors.

By the way the culture and local wisdom of Bali has become a stunning attraction for tourists.

even for both local and foreign tourist

Various Bali Culture and Traditions in Bali

Some traditions in Bali have become a spectacle and entertainment for tourists.

Especially when they visit Bali on the right time

And these Unique traditions in Bali itself can still be preserved.

Which is still related to rituals and various traditional activities.

So It will be a unique tradition.

If we preserve the traditions and culture that have been bequeathed by our ancestor

1. Bali culture and traditions-Mekare-Kare

Mekare-Kare which is also known as the “Pandan War”

Pandan is kind of leaf. So it’s not dangerous

This atraction is held in the village of Tenganan, Karangasem.

When you see this attraction

There is looks like two people who are dueling.

And each person holding a wad of prickly pandan leaves.

They used the Pandan leaves as the weapon

Then  fight and beat each other until finish

They make this ceremony not only as an attractions for tourist.

But also as an identity..

So that’s why The village of Tenganan Karang Asem

They have another nickname, namely Bali Aga.

The Balinese Aga people claim to be the original Balinese.

They held the Mekare-Kare tradition in certain time

During the Ngusaba Kapat or Sasih Sambah.

which is come in every June.

This tradition is held for 2 days

And start at 2 pm until the end.

The Purpose of Tradition

The purpose of this tradition is to honor the Lord Indra, the god of war

This god is considered the highest level of god by the people of Tenganan.

This village is popular as a tourist destination on the island of Bali

Because the tradition is still exist until today

2. Bali Culture and traditions- Mekotek 

When you visit Munggu village, Mengwi District, Badung.

You will find a tradition called Mekotek.

Or you can also called as Gerebek Mekotek.

Precisely when Hari Raya Kuningan

Or 10 days after Galungan.

They start to celebrate the Mekotek Tradition

The purpose of this tradition is to counteracting disaster and disease.

And also ask for protection and salvation.

Initially, the Mekotek tradition used an iron rod.

But to avoid risks for the participants.

Then the iron rod was replaced with pulet wood

And the  length of pulet wood is 2 to 3.5 meters.

The bark has been peeled off to make it smooth

So that the stick is comfortable to use.

And then, the sticks will be combined into one cone-shaped

And looks like wooden pyramid arrangement.

Uniquely, all the participants who have guts and brave enough

They can try to climb to the top of the wooden pyramid.

And then they pitted against the wooden stick they were carrying .

Because the sound made from the wooden stick rung out “tek tek”

So this traditions called Mekotek.

3. Bali Culture and Traditions- Mesbes Bangke

One of the extreme traditions in Bali is the Mesbes Bangke.

A tradition that is held in Siring, Gianyar.

They perform a ceremony by tearing corpses to shreds.

And of course it will scary to those who see it.

Actually this is the tradition of cremation.

But on the way to the cremation place..

The corpse will be torn shreds first

The participant or the resident were waiting for the bodies to arrive

And when they see the corpse comes

They start to torn shreds the bodies.

And they still doing this tradition until today.

4.Bali Culture and traditions- Megibung

source : Bali IDN Times

If the Mesbes Bangke is a terrible tradition

Then the Megibung tradition is a fun tradition.

This Megibung tradition is celebrated in Karangasem, East Bali.

This tradition is a joint meal activity

And that is held during weddings, 3 months, Wetonan.

Just like the tradition in Java

But people who attend at wedding ceremony

They are all ate together on one plate

So that’s why it’s called Megibung

And Megibung tradition still exist until today.

5. Bali Culture and traditions-Ngaben

Generallybodies who die will have their bodies buried.

Howeverit’s different from the bodies in Bali.

There’s a special ritual that must be done to send the corpse away forever.

The name of the ritual is none aside from the Ngaben ceremony.

In practice,Ngaben usually performed in a very grand manner.

With outsized procession of individuals and decorations.

The Purpose of Ngaben Ceremony

The conceptual Ngaben ceremony has the next meanings and objectives:

1. By burning the corpse or symbolically

Then sweeping the ashes into the river or sea.

Has the meaning of releasing the Atma (spirit) from the bondage of the earth.

So as that it can easily unite with God (Mokshatam Atmanam).

2. Burning the corpse is additionally a series of ceremonies.

To return all the elements of Panca Maha Bhuta

Or 5 elements of building the gross human body

To their respective origins

So as not to hinder Atma’s journey to Sunia Loka.

3. For the family, this ceremony could also be a symbol

That the family has willingly to let it go of related departure

6. Omed Omedan 

This unique culture and tradition are held within the middle of Denpasar city.

Precisely in Banjar Kaja, Sesetan Village, South Denpasar.

Held once a year, to coincide with Ngembak Geni Day

Or the day after Nyepi Day.

This unique tradition starts around 14.00 for two hours.

This procession is merely attended by children

Or those that aren’t married by the age of 17 years.

Omed-omedan means a tug of war

between the youths of the Banjar residents.

And sometimes amid kissing scenes between the 2 of them.

This tradition is held as a sort of joy after the implementation of Nyepi Day.

this is often an ancestral cultural heritage on the island of Bali.

Has sacred values and is believed to experience bad things

If this tradition isn’t administered .

This tradition is one among the tourist attractions.

Which will be enjoyed when visiting on the day of Ngembak Geni.

7. Gebug Ende Seraya

This attraction is additionally referred to as rattan war.

Where two men face one another and attack one another.

With a stick of rattan 1.5-2 meters long

And then the other hand holds a shield to debar the opponent’s attack.

Between the 2 of them is restricted by a rattan rod (centerline).

so that doesn’t enter into the opponent’s territory.

This rattan war doesn’t only require dexterity but also courage.

Because every participant may get hit by the opponent’s rattan.

This unique tradition in Seraya village, Karangasem – East Bali.

Has become a culture that has been bequathed so far.

the most purpose of this Gebug Ende procession may be a traditional ritual to wish for rain.

And this is often done during the season , namely in October – November per annum.

The geographical condition of Seraya village.

Which is found during a hilly area, is susceptible to water problems.

Which is why the ritual of posing for rain is held during this village.

Seraya Village also having several tourist destinations which will be visited during a tour on the island of Bali.

9. Ogoh-Ogoh 

Ogoh ogoh is one of most  popular traditions in Bali.

And it held right a day before Nyepi.

The name of Ogoh  Ogoh it self is taken from Bali Language that which mean something that shaken .

The form of Ogoh Ogoh is sculpture.

In Balinese culture that depict the personality of Bhuta Kala.

In Hindu Darma teachings..

Butha Kala represents the unbeatable and indisputable power of the universe.

The Ogoh ogoh Parade

The Ogoh Ogoh Parade start about 6.-6.30 in the evening

And they began paraded around city or village

Almost Hindu people in Bali they held Ogoh Ogoh Parade in their city or village.

And they do this rituals because it is related with Hindu Religion.

Ogoh Ogoh is a giant doll which is a symbol of Butha Kala.

And the shape or the form is very scary.

The scary form of Ogoh Ogoh is a symbol of crime or something ugly and bad.

The Ogoh Ogoh parade is still in the series of implementing  Nyepi day.

After previously held the Tawur Kesanga to give reward to Butha Kala.

Then in the evening he was expelled and paraded around city or village.

The purpose of this parade is to not interfere with human life anymore.

Especially the next day when carrying out Nyepi.

10. Nyepi Day

Nyepi day on Bali island is held once a year to welcome Isaka’s new year.

It’s a different welcome for the new year with silence, serenity,and quiet.

So that’s why all residents or tourists on this Nyepi day.

Are not allowed to travel, light a fire,make a noise, or having fun.

The purpose of this celebration is to be able to introspect and to contemplate ourselves in a quiet atmosphere.

10. Makepung

The Meaning of Makepung

Makepung itself means chasing using a pair of buffalo.

And on the  island of Bali you only can find it in Jembrana district.

So with these Makepung traditions Jembrana district is also known as Bumi Makepung.

Buffalo Race rules

The Jockey or a coach is the person who controlled the buffalo.

So he can arrange the speed And buffalo keep on the track

And they compete each other to chase the buffalo that run in front of him.

The winner is determined by who can narrow or loosen the distance between two pairs of buffalo.

And It is not determined who will reach the finish line first.

This traditions become an annual activity followed by groups of farmer in Jembrana.

They treated like an athlete all the buffalo that selected to compete

Even before the race starts the owner does not forget to perform the ritual.

This held every Sunday between July and November every year.

So The Makepung ceremony can be your tour agenda.

When you are on vacation at the right time on the island of Bali

 

 

 

 

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