Bali, a popular tourist destination in Indonesia, has many natural attractions that make tourists always want to vacation in Bali. Bali attractions such as volcanoes, lakes, and white sand beaches. Besides the beauty of natural scenery, Bali also offers plenty of exciting holiday activities such as Bali river rafting tours, cycling tours, and marine water sports tours in Tanjung Benoa. Did you know the pioneer thing that made Bali famous as a tourist destination was not because of the beauty of nature or the availability of many holiday activities? However, Bali offers unique art and culture. Therefore on this page, we will summarize ten unique and unusual things to see in Bali that you don’t find in other regions.
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The Uniqueness of Bali Island
Bali is a relatively small island, but when you vacation in Bali, you will never feel that you have enough time to explore all of Bali’s attractions and exciting holiday activities in Bali.
By the time you arrive in Bali, the first impression that you will be able to see is something you don’t typically find elsewhere. You will see many unique things in the form of Balinese art or culture. Many Balinese perform religious rituals by arranging “Canang” (offerings made from coconut leaves and flowers) daily. Also, there are many small temples in each house.
List Of Ten Unique and Unusual Things To See In Bali
The uniqueness of Bali will be familiar to you, who often have a vacation to Bali. However, no matter how often you visit Bali, there are some unique things about Bali that you will not find every day. The following is a list of ten unique and unusual things to see in Bali that you must know. Also, if you are thinking of a vacation to Bali, knowing the list of ten unique and unusual things to see in Bali will help you plan your holiday because the particular event in Bali is not occurring daily.
1. Omed-Omedan – Mass Kissing in Sesetan
There is a unique ceremonial tradition believed by Banjar Kaja Sesetan residents, Denpasar, Bali, to get good luck. The annual ceremony is called Omed-Omedan, also known as the mass kissing ritual.
Omed-Omedan is a Balinese word that means tug. The Omed-Omedan tradition is held every year, one day after Nyepi Day. Because the Omed-Omedan practice is only found in Bali, I list it as number 1 on the list of ten unique and unusual things to see in Bali.
All Omed-Omedan ritual participants are youthful members of Banjar Kaja Sesetan, Denpasar. The Omed-Omedan participant’s ages 17-30 years old and unmarried. Before implementing the Omed-Omedan tradition, young people from Banjar Kaja Sesetan would perform a praying ceremony at the local temple for the event’s safety. After praying, young men and women were separated. Groups of men and women face each other on Jalan Raya Sesetan Denpasar.
One person will be chosen between the two groups of men and women, and then the selected participants will face both sides and be met. Both participants will lock their lips and kiss while people pour water into the participants.
2. Mekepung (Buffalo Race)
Number two on the list of ten unique and unusual things to see in Bali is the Mekepung tradition. Mekepung is a buffalo race in the Jembrana district, West Bali. Hundreds of buffalo in pairs will compete to attain the fastest to reach the finish line controlled by a jockey. Every couple of buffalo is associated with wood plows. The buffalo racing competition is held around the Melaya district of Jembrana Bali.
Mekepung starts in the morning, around 07:30, and the race event takes about five hours. Mekepung buffalo racing events are usually held in July, August, September, October, and November, and twice a month. To be able to see Mekepung’s schedule, please click the link!
3. Pandan Leaf Fight in Tenganan Village
The tradition of the pandanus leaf fight in Bali takes place in Tenganan village, Pegringsingan, Karangasem regency, Bali. Also, the pandanus leaf fight in Bali is very well known to foreign travelers. Pandan war in Tenganan village, by the Balinese known as “Geret Pandan.” However, the indigenous people of Tenganan village called the tradition of Geret Pandan Mekare-Kare. The practice of pandan war in the town of Tenganan Pegringsingan is not just a traditional performance but a part of the Balinese indigenous culture and rituals of the Tenganan village community. Tenganan villagers believe they will avoid evil influence by retaining a pandan war ritual.
Two village youths will fight in an arena during the Pandan War ritual in Tenganan Pegringsingan village. Each young man will carry a bundle of pandan leaves with a length of approximately 30 cm which is used as a weapon. Participants also take a shield on their left hand. The moment the battle starts, the two young men will attack each other by rubbing the thorny pandan leaves on the back of their opponents. Of course, it will cause a scratch wound on the participant’s back.
Location & Schedule
To watch the Pandan War ritual, you must visit Tenganan village Karangasem in mid-June. Pandan war rituals in Tenganan Pegringsingan village are usually held for two consecutive days. Every visitor who attends is allowed to watch Pandan War rituals. Also, there is no ticket fee.
Because the Pandan War ritual is a religious event considered sacred for local people, it is better to come to Tenganan village to watch the Pandan war wearing traditional Balinese clothes. Like wearing a sarong and a scarf tied around the waist, even though it’s not mandatory. Because of the enthusiastic tourists who vacation in Bali to watch the Pandan War tradition, there will be plenty of audiences. So, it would be best if you came early to find a comfortable place to see and a relatively high spot. Also, there are no seats, so prepare to stand for a while.
See Here, Tenganan Village Google Maps.
4. Nyepi Day
Nyepi Day is a Caka New Year celebration in Bali celebrated by Hindus in Indonesia. However, the Caka New Year celebration, unlike the New Year celebration that we are commonly known, it’s the opposite. Because during Nyepi Day, all routine activities stop, and the atmosphere is quiet, which you will never find in other realms.
Shops are closed, highways are quiet, and offices are closed, including Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, for all flights for 24 hours. Calm conditions start from 6 am to 6 am the next day. However, some exceptions may come out only for security forces and ambulances allowed to go out. Also, the hospital and police office remains open.
5. Ogoh-Ogoh Parade
One day before Nyepi Day, there is a procession of Balinese Hindus called Ngerupuk/Pengerupukan. Sorting rituals are carried out in every village on the entire island of Bali. The locals will hold the Ogoh-Ogoh parade on the highway in the afternoon.
Then what is Ogoh-Ogoh? Ogoh-Ogoh is a kind of giant figure made of lightweight material. So it is easy to get in the wine. The Ogoh-Ogoh framework uses wood. Then styrofoam uses to create shapes, then coated with paper and cloth, making it easy to parade. There are many forms of Ogoh-Ogoh which are mostly sizeable evil creatures.
6. Balinese Temple By The Lake
Bali is a tourist destination synonymous with art, uniqueness, and culture, one of which is the Balinese Hindu temple. When you vacation in Bali, you will see many temples, from minor to prominent temples. Such as Tanah Lot temple, Uluwatu Temple, and Tirta Empul Temple.
However, there is one temple in Bali with an unusual location: the Ulun Danu temple Beratan Bedugul Bali. Of all ten unique and unusual things to see in Bali on this page, Ulun Danu temple at Lake Beratan Bedugul is the most popular.
Not only on the uniqueness of the Ulun Danu temple location but the Ulun Danu temple location is also in the highlands. It makes cool air felt even during the daytime. Because of the uniqueness of the position of Ulun Danu temple on Lake Beratan Bedugul, a photograph of Ulun Danu Beratan temple is always seen in the Bali tourism promotion media. Therefore Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is one of the most important places to visit in Bali during a holiday.
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7. Ngaben/Plebon (Cremation)
One of the uniqueness of Bali in the eyes of the world is the Ngaben ceremony. Ngaben or Pelebon (for higher castes) is a Bali cremation ceremony. Ngaben or Pelebon is one of the most important celebrations in the Balinese Hindu cultural tradition. Things that make the Ngaben ceremony in Bali unique because of the way Balinese escort a corps from home to the cremation location. Balinese using “Wadah” means containers.
In general, there are two forms of Wadah. One is shaped like a small temple with carvings and ornaments that look very beautiful. The other one is shaped like an animal, usually in the figure of an ox. A temple-shaped container lifts corpses from the house to the cremation site. After arriving at the cremation site, the body is lowered from the Wadah and then transferred to a container in the form of an ox. The Wadah (container) has enormous, and lifting it will require many human resources.
After the ritual procession is complete, a massive fire begins to light up. For Balinese Hindus, the cremation process is fundamental. It is believed to facilitate the spirits reaching the destination according to the results of the deeds carried out during life.
If you vacation to Bali during Galungan day, you will see a unique decoration in the form of bamboo poles along the highway. Bamboo pole decoration in Bali calls Penjor. In the eyes of tourists, Penjor is a unique cultural tradition in Bali.
The ornament is made of natural bamboo, and the bamboo is decorated using coconut leaves and other decorations. At the end of the Penjor, there is a flower decoration called Sampian. Flower ornaments are hung using a coconut leaf tied to long strands. After the Penjor decoration is finished, the Balinese will install bamboo poles in front of their homes.
The best place to see Penjor is in Penglipuran Village during the Galungan ceremony.
9. Giant-Size Kite Festival
Kite Festival in Bali is an annual event in July and August. July and August have been chosen because wind gusts began strongly in that month. Besides wind factors, July and August are the peak tourist season in Bali. So the kite festival in Bali attracts thousands of visitors, especially foreign tourists.
The uniqueness of the kite festival in Bali is the enormous kite size. During the flight, the kite was accompanied by a Balinese musical instrument called Baleganjur. The location of the kite festival is usually Padang Galak Beach and Sanur Beach Bali.
10. Similar First Name
The last in the list of ten unique and unusual things to see in Bali is the similarity of the Balinese first name.
For those who first vacation to Bali, you will meet many Bali residents. However, one thing will make you wonder why many Balinese share the same first names.
The Balinese first name means the order of birth in one family. Wayan/Putu means the first child. Made, Kadek or Nengah means Second child. The third child’s first name is Komang or Nyoman, and the fourth child is named Ketut. After the first name, there is a last name that differs from one another.
That’s all about the ten unique and unusual things to see in Bali. If you have questions about ten unique and unusual things to see in Bali on this page, please write in the comments column below.
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