Wonderland of Bali

Wonderland of Bali

Ahead of the New Year 2017, certainly many people, especially those in tourism industry, have been planning everything for the festive event in welcoming the turn of the year. Various events, festivities, tour packages and hotel room package have started to be offered. Of course, there must be something new when welcoming the New Year.

Ahead of the New Year 2017, certainly many people, especially those in tourism industry, have been planning everything for the festive event in welcoming the turn of the year. Various events, festivities, tour packages and hotel room package have started to be offered. Of course, there must be something new when welcoming the New Year. It is not just limited to excitement but also happiness. There is hope, hard work and the possibilities.

As usual, vibrant light of fireworks, lanterns and crowded party in some places will remain to grace this annual event. Bali indeed experiences this splendor each year. The excitement is always welcomed by joy. However, behind them lies a question that always arises whether the excitement can be enjoyed by whole people of Bali. Honestly, of course not. Some of them enjoy this indirectly, while some others do directly. However, the government must work harder to advance tourism so that it can be enjoyed by more and more Balinese people who do not live in tourist areas. They have long suffered inter-regional inequality and inter-sector discrimination. They are always marginalized from the sparkling lights of tourism business.

Actually, they are the main players and supporters of Balinese culture inspiring the Bali tourism. The Wonderland of Bali with the entire uniqueness is the people of Bali. The spirit is Hinduism they practice. When Bali is compared to other tourist destinations in Indonesia and even in the world, Bali has the spirit or what is called as the taksu or divine vibration. Ahead of the New Year, of course there is introspection about the life sustainability of Balinese society in the whole. This is important because the Wonderland of Bali is the daily life story of the Balinese.

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That is why we must contemplate for a moment in the middle of frenzied hedonism of tourism how far this sector has been able to ‘humanize’ Balinese people in the onslaught of the materialistic culture. There is degradation of thought and behavior in Balinese modern humans today. Although the spirit of spiritual-culture remains intense, it can possibly get eroded by degrees. This especially happens to younger generation.

Bali is the living monument as many people express. This is referring to the Wonderland of Bali. Spiritualism coupled with the concept of communal culture causes every inch of Bali to have a spirit. This is not owned by other regions. The New Year has indeed always presented a new thing, but the spirit to preserve the land of Bali must still be revised and revitalized. (Gde Palgunadi/ palgunadigde@yahoo.com)

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