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Bali Festival - Events
Bali Festivals and Events Guide - TravelPuppy.com
The Balinese use two local calendars, the Hindu saka and the wuku and the western calendar. The wuku calendar, is used to determine festival dates, uses 10 different types of weeks between one and 10 days long, all running simultaneously! The crossing of the various weeks determines auspicious days. It's impossible to work it out yourself: so go to a tourist office and ask which festivals and celebrations are coming up. Try to attend at least one.

The Galungan Festival is Bali's major feast and is held throughout the island. It is an annual event in the wuku year. During this 10-day period all the gods come to earth for the festivities and barongs (mythical lion-dog creatures) dance from temple to temple and village to village. The last and most important day of this festival is Kuningan.

Nyepi is the major festival of the saka year - it's the last day of the year, and normally falls towards the end of March or the beginning of April. The day before is set as a day of purification across the island. The night before, evil spirits are chased away with noisy cymbals, gongs, drums and flaming torches. On Nyepi itself, everyone stays quietly at home, making no noise, no lights and no cooking. The legend is that when evil spirits descend, they are fooled into thinking that Bali is uninhabited and leave the island in peace for another year.