True To Balinese Roots
‘ Om Swastiastu...’
On March 9th, the Balinese will be commemorating Nyepi, the beginning of a new Saka year that is also known as the Day of Silence. On this day the whole island will be still and silent – no lights, no noise, no going out of the house, no vehicles on the road, and not even a single plane will fly to or out of the island from 6 a.m. that day until 6 a.m. the next morning.
Nyepi is one of the most sacred and important days for the Balinese Hindus, and to honor this special day we are presenting you with stories that will take you back to the roots of Bali and anything that is originally Bali in this edition. Looking to be pampered with a true Balinese spa treatment? Flip through ‘Invite & Indulge’ to discover why the Balinese massage and boreh treatment at the Nusa Dua Spa is a must-try. And for culinary enthusiasts, our ‘Dine & Delights’ describes the Balinese flavors at the Rasala Bistro and an elevated Balinese Pasar Malam (Night Market), both at the Sadara Boutique Beach Resort.
A trip to Karangasem will also give you insight into local lives. Our contributor Anggara Mahendra visited the Tri Eka Buana Village to see first-hand the making and the struggle of selling arak, a Balinese traditional drink, which he shares in ‘Craft & Culture’. Our team also went to the Ban Village in Karangasem to see how a cashew processing facility improves the lives of the villagers – check out the story in ‘Little Loves’. But if you don‘t have much time to experience traditional village life in Bali, don’t worry. Staying at Desa Seni in Canggu will let you experience some Balinese traditions, which Katie Truman shares in ‘Rest & Relaxation’.
Now, before you flip through our pages, here’s a little tip for you in order to fully enjoy the Nyepi holiday in Bali: don’t forget to watch the Ogoh-ogoh Parade. Held a day prior to Nyepi, this parade aims to purify the natural environment from all negative energy. And on Nyepi night, if the sky is clear, get ready to be amazed by the thousands of stars twinkling high above.
‘Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om...’
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