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Bali Kite Festival

Bali Kite Festival

Denpasar, Bali, becomes the center of the world for all kite lovers, rushed to the Indonesian island Bali Kite Festival, a traditional event with a deep religious meaning: the objective of these kites is indeed to to send a message to the gods, because it bless the fields with a bountiful harvest. The festival lasts for three days and in the skies of Bali will hover over a thousand kites.

Bali Kite Festival

It ended two days the 35th edition of the spectacular “Bali International Kite Festival”, an athletic competition of kite flying which is held every year in July in Indonesia in the Padang Galak, and more precisely on the beach in Sanur, in the province of Bali. The kites are made and flown by the various teams participating in the competition, representing the villages near Denpasar, which is the capital of the province of Bali.

The kites are very large – can reach up to 4 meters in width and 10 in length – and are traditionally three types: a form of fish, bird or leaf. It establishes the winner considering the launch facilities, the height and stability of flight, landing, and of course the beauty of the kite. The event, which every year attracts many tourists from abroad, it is also a religious festival organized to send a message to the Hindus, to increase the harvest the following year.

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The Sacred Barong Dance

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The sacred Barong dance, practiced throughout Indonesia, it is probably the most popular representation of Balinese. Depicts the fight between Barong – monstrous god-animal symbol of goodness and fertility – and Rangda – witch symbol of evil. When the dance you have episodes of trance among participants. The fight has represented a winner because the population considers fundamental in human life both good and evil; In fact, in Bali there are temples dedicated to the forces of good and the underworld temples dedicated to the forces of evil and death. Barong is a dragon traceable in many events in the Far East and consists of a large animated mask by at least two men.

The Sacred Barong Dance Highlights

The Barong is mixed with many other genres spectacular during festive occasions Balinese; for example with the Topeng, celebrating the meeting between the Balinese and Hindu raja of Java; Legong Keraton-with, female dance arising from court dances performed by children between seven and ten years old, trained hard.

As a first lap to go in the interior of the island I should go to Ubud through Batubulan. As transportation Bali is reasonably equipped and taxis are really cheap, but the best solution is to rent a car! You can also reach Ubud by minibuses, called “bemos”, starting from Denpasar and Kuta.

The first stage is therefore the village of Batubulan, famous for the performances of the Barong dance. This is the place to go to see this ceremony, called Sahadewa! The Barong is a traditional Balinese sacred dance that is the eternal struggle between the good, the god of good and Barong symbol of fertility, and the evil, the witch Rangda. The fight has no solution because the population considers fundamental both good and evil in human life. The Barong is represented by a giant mask behind which there are at least two men. This ceremony is performed every 210 days and is like a birthday all the temples that are built. Hindus of Bali, as you’ll see, they are very religious and believe very much in the power of the spirit!

It’s great to witness this type of ceremonies and see the effort and care they put into preparing them! I love these different cultures!

Leaving behind Batubulan before reaching Ubud I recommend punters in Batuan to visit the local houses and see the importance they give to the temple than other areas. Almost all the houses, though poor, have three areas called gardens: one for evil spirits, a temple and a home. Some older people are still sleeping on bamboo mats outdoors as the old! Do not be impressed to find that amount of roosters, they use them for fighting!

Source : helobali, wiki