The Balinese celebrate life through ceremony & daily rituals. These bright and richly cultural ceremonies are some key factors that attract visitors to come and pay a visit to this historical Indonesian island. Any visitor who spends more than a few days on the island will be certain to see some kind of temple festival, colourful procession, or ritual. Nyepi, Galungan and Kuningan, as well as Odalan are some of the three most important and biggest religious ceremonies in Bali. The ceremony dates vary every year, following the Balinese “Caka” calendar.
NYEPI – “Day Of Silence” March 17, 2018
Nyepi is the most important religious day in Bali as it marks the New Year according to the Balinese calendar (Saka). Known as the "Day of Silence", the Balinese people celebrate Nyepi with fasting and meditation. The celebration starts with 'Pangrupukan', a day before Nyepi day, where the streets are filled with 'Ogoh-ogoh' carnival, a procession where local's parade creatively made demonic statues from bamboo and paper symbolizing negative elements or malevolent spirits. The ritual ends by burning the 'Ogoh-ogoh' to symbolize that the evil spirits are driven away. Led by the recreation team, Guests of Mandapa are welcome to watch the carnival which is located in front of Bale Banjar Kedewatan, within walking distance from the resort.
On Nyepi day, Denpasar airport will be closed and all daily activities will be restricted. Complete 24h shutdown of the island beginning from 6 AM on March 17, 2018 to 6 AM the next day. People are not allowed to work, travel or go outside their homes. Lights and sounds will be kept at a minimum. The Balinese "Day of Silence" also applies to anyone visiting Bali at the time. We will not be able to accept check-in or check-out throughout the day; however operational activities and services will operate normally.
Galungan & Kuningan – Every 210 Days
May 30 & June 9, 2018
Galungan is a unique 10-day celebration which signifies the victory of Dharma over Adharma, or good spirit against evil. Galungan is considered to be the most important Bali Hindu ceremony, and is second only for sheer spectacle to the Nyepi “Day of Silence”. This is a time when the ancestral spirits and Balinese deities descend to Earth to be honored, and the streets lined with ‘Penjor’– slender, eight-meter-high, gracefully arching bamboo poles, festooned natural ornamentation. The tenth day after Galungan, which is known as ‘Kuningan,’ marks the end of the festival, and is believed to be the day when the ancestor spirits bless the entire family member before they ascend back to heaven.
Odalan – Temple Ceremony
The Odalan, or temple anniversary celebration, is a lavish ceremony commemorating the founding of the temple. Each Odalan date varies from one temple to another. The Balinese regard Odalan as a holy day and a religious festival and it is a time for Hindu-Balinese people to pray and to thank their gods through religious services, offerings and performances. Odalan usually lasts for three days, but larger ones (which occur every 5, 10, 30 or 100 years) can last for 11 days or longer. The women will create astonishing temple offerings in the form of soaring pyramids of fruit, rice cakes and flowers, ornamented with coconut-leaf decorations – also known as Gebogan. These are brought to the temple in long and spectacular processions with the women carrying the offerings on their heads.
The temple located inside Mandapa has been in the same location for almost a hundred year and was not removed when the resort was built and opens in 2015. During Odalan, we invite our guests to join in the ceremony and to wear traditional Balinese costumes.