Bali Museum and Jero Kuta Palace are part of the Denpasar Heritage City Tour package, and although the tour has not been officially launched yet, these two tourist attractions have already been visited by numerous domestic and foreign travelers this year. Apart from being a tourist attraction, Bali Museum is also in high demand as a venue for pre-wedding photo shoots.
Tanah Lot becomes the center of Melasti, a ritual of purification before the Nyepi of the Saka New Year 1937. A convoy of the Hindus in Bali continues to arrive in customary attires while carrying sanctified effigies toward the beach. Procession of the fascinating living culture becomes spectacle for travelers who are enjoying holiday at the tourist attraction denoting a mix of nature and culture.
The day before the celebration of Nyepi or Pengrupukan night, the Badung County combined the ogoh-ogoh parade with the selection of Bajang-Jegeg Bungan Desa pageant of Kuta customary village. The regent opening the event on Friday (Mar. 20) said that it is laden with religious and cultural message that must be impregnated by all people and then make it happen in the day-to-day life.
Baris Jangkang is a sacred dance inspired by the sound of the kempul, which is performed at religious ceremonies and for ritual purposes in Nusa Penida sub-district. The dance is inspired by the sound of the kempul. Baris Jangkang has been known in Nusa Penida for many years and is performed at every village in the region. The dance was performed recently at Pelilit traditional village, Pejukutan, Nusa Penida, on the piodalan or temple birthday at Trinity Temple.
Probably only a few people know that in Belgium there is a complete temple along with its effigies (tapakan). The Shanti Bhuana Temple in Belgium—the largest Balinese Hindu temple in Europe—has Ratu Gede effigy comprising the barong, two pieces of rangda and celuluk. All of them are the works of Tjokorda Gde Raka Sukawati. Their existence increases the magical value of the temple established in 2009. Currently, Tjokorda Gde Raka, Sukawati familiarly called Cok De, is focusing on carving a piece of wood to be used for making a barong effigy. The effigy made from frangipani wood will be enthroned at one of the temples in Gianyar.
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