Bali Local Customs

  • Local Customs
    by machomikemd
  • Local Customs
    by machomikemd
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Bali Local Customs

  • Gamelan

    if you happen to see a barong dance in touring Central Bali, chances are you see the orchestra accompanying the Barong Dance and the orchestra is called the Gamelan. The Gamelan of Bali and Java of Indonesia consists of instruments such as metallophones, xylophones, kendang (drums) and gongs; bamboo flutes, bowed and plucked strings. they are the...

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  • Cock Fighting

    Cock Fighting is popular across Southeast Asia since the medieval ages and it crosses over national boundaries and religious boundaries too and here in Bali, they even have cock fighting venues in the rural areas and in the Taman Ayun Royal Temple in Mengwi, there is even a Hindu Shrine devoted to Cock Fighting which is located just after the...

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  • Sup Buntut (Oxtail Soup)

    Indonesians love soups and one of their favorites is the oxtail soup, called "sup buntut" of which is made of slices of fried or barbecued oxtail, served in vegetable soup with rich but clear and slightly sour beef broth. It contains boiled potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, leek, celery, and fried shallots and the tendons plus fat of the oxtail is...

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  • Chendol

    one of my favorite South east asian Dessert. the cendol is a trans southeast asian dessert that you can taste even in thailand, vietnam, singapore, myanmar, Malaysia, Thailand and here in Indonesia. It is one of my favorite Southeast asian desserts and cendol or chendol is made from coconut milk, a worm-like jelly made from rice flour with green...

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  • Heineken Beer

    Since the number one Beer of Indonesia, Bintang Beer is locally owned and made by Heineken Beer Company Subsidiary PT Multi Bintang Indonesia and it is like American Pale Lager with a 4.7% alcohol volume and the taste plus the bottle markings is very similar to Heineken Beer (no copyright issues here as both are owned by Heineken!). Then it follows...

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  • Hard Rock Bali Fridge Magnets

    Besides buying the local shot glasses and fridge magnets, I also buy the shot glasses and fridge magnets of famous establishments that have beranches in the place or country that I've visited and here at Bali is no Different. Hard Rock is a popular franchise in bali as they not only have a Hard Rock Cafe, but also 3 Hard Rock Cafe Souvenir Shops in...

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  • Hard Rock Bali Shot Glasses

    Besides buying the local shot glasses and fridge magnets, I also buy the shot glasses and fridge magnets of famous establishments that have beranches in the place or country that I've visited and here at Bali is no Different. Hard Rock is a popular franchise in bali as they not only have a Hard Rock Cafe, but also 3 Hard Rock Cafe Souvenir Shops in...

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  • Bali T-Shirts

    I sometimes buy t-shirts as souvenir in my travels but not as often as I buy shot glasses and fridge magnets and here in Bali, there are tons of designs of t-shirts and their are available everywhere in souvenir shops, stalls, department stores, malls and even at the hotel shops and prices depend really on your haggling skills if buying at the...

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  • Bintang Beer Shot Glasses

    being an avid collector of fridge magnets and shot glasses of my travels, I also usually buy shot glasses of the famous beers oif the country or city that I've visited if they are available and here in bali, their number one beer plus is available in shot glasses is Bintang Beer and hence, I must buy these favorite collector items of mine and they...

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  • Bali Shot Glasses

    being an avid collector of fridge magnets and shot glasses of my travels and being in bali for the second time (I lost my old previous analog pictures), I must buy these favorite collector items of mine and they sell these favorite items of mine here at the touristy areas like kuta, ubud, tanjung benoa, seminyak, legian and more. they are available...

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  • Bali Fridge Magnets

    again, being an avid collector of fridge magnets and shot glasses of my travels and being in bali for the second time (I lost my old previous analog pictures), I must buy these favorite collector items of mine and they sell these favorite items of mine here at the touristy areas like kuta, ubud, tanjung benoa, seminyak, legian and more. they are...

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  • San Miguel Beer

    San Miguel Beer is a regional beer giant in the Asian Region and they own the Indonesian Beer Company PT Delta Djakarta TBK and off course, they would be producing the flagship products of the Company, which is the Iconic San Miguel Beer Pale Pilsen and San Miguel Beer Lite here in Indonesia and Bali as it is also popular to tourists and a growing...

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  • Carlsberg Beer

    Carlsberg Beer is one of the best selling global brand of Beer and it competes with Heineken and Stella Artois as the number one best selling beer in the world. Here in Indonesia, the brewing license is under the PT Delta Djakarta TBK, a local subsidiary of the San Miguel Beer Company and is a favorite of the tourists going to bali, in fact they...

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  • Anker Beer

    Anker Beer is a golden pilsener type of beer and with an alcohol voume of 5% with a creamy and full bodied flavor, it is the third most popular local beer in Indonesia after Bintang Beer and Bali Hai Beer and Anker Beer is made by the local San Miguel Beer Subsidiary, PT. DELTA DJAKARTA Tbk, which also produces San Miguel Pale Pilsen and San Mig...

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  • Bali Hai Premium Beer

    Bali Hai Premium Beer is the flagship beer brand of the Bali Hai Company, an indonesian local brewing company that formerly brews international beer brands like lowenbrau, san miguel beer and asahi, now they produce their own beer brands and the best selling is the Bali Hai Premium Beer (other products are Bali Hai Draft, Folsom, EL Diablo Cerveza...

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  • Bintang Beer

    Bintang Beer is the number one beer brand in Indonesia and followed by Bali Hai and Anker Beer.Bintang Beer is made by the local Heineken Beer Company Subsidiary PT Multi Bintang Indonesia and it is like American Pale Lager with a 4.7% alcohol volume and the taste plus the bottle markings is very similar to Heineken Beer (no copyright issues here...

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  • Indonesian Budget Mini Cigar (Macho...

    indonesia is the world's largest producer of tobacco leaves, supplying about 37% of the world's tobacco requirements, and it has lots of cigarette and cloved cigarette brands but it only has a small market for good cigars unlike other tobacco producing countries like cuba or the dominican replublic. Indonesia is now starting to market cigars and...

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  • Indonesian Clove Cigarettes (Kretek)

    this will be my separate tips on the indigenous Indonesian Cigarette Invention, which is the clove cigarette filled with tobacco leaves, cloves and other flavorings and are covered with the dried tobacco or banana leafs. this king of clove cigarettes were invented more then 160 years ago in Java Island and there are now many companies that make the...

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  • Arak (local moonshine or liqour)

    Apart from the regular Indonesian Batavian Arak (the bahasa indonesia word for liqour, similar to filipino word alak), Bali has it's own Bali Arak, which unlike the regular Indonesian Arak which is made from sugarcane and is similar to Rum (think Captain Morgan hehehe), Balinese Arak is made from either coconut sap or black rice with coconut milk,...

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  • Indonesian and Bali Coconut Juice

    Indonesia is currently the largest coconut producer in the world, dislodging the Philippines 7 years ago and since the archipelago has lots of coconuts, the fresh coconut juice is popular in these parts and also specially here in Bali as this is the number one tourist destination of Indonesia (although the thai Maprao Pao roasted coconut juice is...

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  • Canang

    Canang is one the simplest form of offerings Hindu people presented to the gods. Canang sari consist of beautifully shaped palm leaves which, then respectively added porosan (made of betel leaves which mixed with areca nut, gambier and lime stone then rolled in a tiny palm leaves), a slice of banana and sugar cane and a small piece of kekiping ( a...

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  • Monsters and silence of Nyepi

    Lunch time and Bali started to shut down to ready itself for the Ogoh Ogoh Parade. Which is held all over Bali in many villages on the eve of Nyepi Day. We made our way to Bemo corner in Kuta to stake our spot on the road side to view the parade. At sundown the flaming bamboo torches and gamelan music started and we could see the start of the...

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  • Temple Etiquette

    Almost all temples in Bali, there are certain rules that you must follow. You are required to dress appropriately before entering any temple. Women should not wear shorts or bare their shoulders. A sash must be tied around the waist. If the temple requires a sarong to be worn, there is always one for hire around the area. (See picture)Ladies take...

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  • Great Taxi!

    If you are in Seminyak only use the Blue Bird taxis, the are good and make sure to ask them to turn on their meter each time you get in. The Blue Bird guys are good and typically always turn on the meter.Blue Bird 119 - this cab driver is wonderful, nice and you can trust your stuff with him. I used him when going out on an excursion about an hour...

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  • Galungan and Kuningan Days

    Galungan (every 210 days) and Kuningan (10 days after Kuningan) are major events in Bali, celebrating the victory of good over evil . Galungan is a celebration of the creation of the universe, in which the Creator is worshipped, and all the ancestral spirits are called to come down to earth and dwell again in the homes of their descendants....

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  • Celebrating trash with a Ceremony

    As you will most probably catch a glimpse of,are the Balinese and their many ceremonies.Amongst many of the reasons to have a ceremony for,there are ceremonies that celebraterespecting the enviorment.But by what one may observe once the cermony has taken place and has left;there seems to be a problem with trash.It seems the Balinese get caught up...

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  • Every Day A Ceremony

    Somewhere in Bali there is a ceremony of one sort or another, some are more important than others, some are held in one of the thousands of temples, others are held in people's home, or in the meeting place at the local Banjar (Area Administration Office).Sometimes whole streets/roads are blocked and detours have to be made, due to the number of...

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  • Cover Up When You Visit Religious Sites

    If you intend to visit temples and shrines (which are abundantly scattered all over Bali), ensure that you cover up - legs, arms and shoulders. I would have thought that something like that is common sense and applies generally all over the world with regard to religious sites. Yet, I saw people turning up and tank tops and shorts to visit such...

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  • Cockfighting

    One of the favorite past times of the Balinese men is cockfighting.Supposing, gambling is illegal here,but that doesn’t seem to stir the men away from bringing out the cash betting on their favorite cock.On an event such as this,you will see the owner of the cock,holding his pride, before it gets into the ring.He then places the killing hook on the...

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  • NGABEN (CREMATION CEREMONY)

    Ngaben or the Cremation Ceremony is the ritual performed to send the dead through the transition to his next life.The Priest consults the Dewasa to determine the proper day for the ceremony. On the day of the ceremony, the body of the deceased is placed inside a coffin which is then placed inside a sarcophagus in the form of a buffalo (called...

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  • A great Indonesian recipe website

    I collect Cookbooks but it doesn't stop me from going online and finding even more delicious dishes to try. Today I discovered this wonderful website and thought I would add it to my Bali pages... It really made me drool when I found the recipe for Gado Gado! This yummy vegetarian dish is really worth trying and I urge you to give it a go by...

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  • Visiting Talk

    #When visiting a Balinese house, please remember to remove your shoes before entering. #It is also customary when visiting to bring a small gift for the host (oleh-oleh), make sure it is wrapped. When it is accepted it generally just taken and put aside with little or no fuss. This is because they are saving face, theirs and yours. How? If the...

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  • Shopping Talk

    #Don't think you have been 'had' if after a purchase the shop assistant takes your money and touches all the items for sale in the shop. This is done on the first sale for the day and is a way of transferring the good luck of your sale to other items in the store. Apparently the luck rubs off!!*

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  • Table Talk

    #When food or drink is placed in front of you, it is polite to wait until invited to begin (silakan minum/makan-please drink/eat) if you're dining with Indonesians. Also it is considered rude to refuse a drink even when not thirsty (as a house guest).#If you drink tea and having a pot in a restaurant and wish for another pot. It is impolite to call...

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  • Temple Talk

    #Wear a sarong when entering a temple (BYO, as not all temples will supply). Permission should be requested to enter when ceremonies or prayers are occuring. Thongs, bathers, shorts or strapless tops are considered impolite.#Do not enter a temple if you are bleeding. Ie. Menstruation, wounds/cuts. Or if you are recently bereaved. Babies who haven't...

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  • Body Talk

    #Don't touch or pat the head of a Balinese person. The head is considered the holiest part of the body.#At the other end of things, the feet are considered unclean, so don't rest them on tables etc.#The left hand is generally used to wipe the bottom, so hence is unclean. Don't use it to give or receive money, objects etc.#Apart from shaking hands,...

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  • Sarongs

    Everyone that wants to visit temples are required to dress in an appropriate manner which means that shorts are not allowed. Because that Bali is an island and its pretty hot, all of the temples I have visited provides sarongs which is used like a towel to cover yourself from waist down which some expecting a donation and some as part of customer...

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  • Hari Raya Nyepi

    Hari Raya Nyepi is a celebration of the new years for the Bali people. On this day all electricity supply will be cut off and hence total darkness on the island and all commercial and entertainment outlets are closed. The local authority also restrains anyone from leaving their home or hotels on this day. As Hari Raya Nyepi falls on different date...

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  • Can't find a petrol station?

    I needed to fill gas into my motorbike but I couldn't find any petrol station along the main beach area as there is none and I was directed by a local to fill my motorbike at one of these petrol stands. A big bottle goes for Rp10,000 and a small bottle goes at Rp5,000.

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  • Canang Sari

    As you walk around Bali, you will notice these squarish looking thing made of leaves which contains mostly flowers and other items laid on the floor. It is actually a form of Hinduism offering by devotees in their daily prayers. Watch where you are walking and try not to step on it.

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  • Respect the Holy Areas

    When you plan to visit temples buildings and surrounding areas, it is highly advisable to cover your exposed arms (if you're wearing tank tops) and legs (if you're wearing shorts) with at least short-sleeve shirt (for arms) and sarongs (for the legs). This is a sign of respect to the Balinese.

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  • NGABEN

    A cremation is a superb study of all the most important symbols of Balinese ceremonial life, because the Balinese perceive death not as an end but as a new beginning, a cremation is a time of joyous celebration, the greatest day in a person's life. The 'ngaben' ritual is the last and most important rite a family can perform for a loved one. There...

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  • gebogan offerings

    When I was in Ubud I saw these particular offerings that called ''Gebogan''.They consist of fruits, flowers and rice cakes.Balinese people make them during ''odalan'' festivals.

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  • The acts of Kecak dance

    The 5 acts of Kecak danceact1: While wandering in the forest of Dandaka during the exile of Rama, Sita sees a beautiful golden deer dancing in front of her and she asks her husband to catch it for her.Rama, fearful of what may befall Sita if left alone in the dangerous forest, leaves Sita in the protection of his brother Laksamana.Shortly after...

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  • Kecek Dance

    Most of people say that if a visitor should see a traditional balinese dance then Kecek dance is the best.The performance is taking place in a theater with a choir of chanting and singing men.The costumes of the actors that appear later are colourful and impressive.The music is only mens voices singing kecek, kecek, kecek.Try to watch this...

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