1-2 November | All over island
The second Galungan occurrence this year, the major local holiday is when Balinese Hindus commemorate the legendary battle of good versus evil. This year the second Galungan festivity starts November 1st when bamboo poles decorated with young coconut leaf decorations line the streets all over Bali. This is a unique welcome to Bali if you happen to be on the island around this time. Traditionally, Galungan day sees the slaughtering of pigs for communal feasts, as well as baking traditional rice cakes and building iconic “penjor” bamboo poles.
11 November | Munggu Village
This age-old tradition coincides with the day of Kuningan and features the whole male villagers of Munggu joining in brandishing long stiff bamboo poles onto the streets. Over a thousand jovial participants and curious onlookers flock to the village streets, reenacting the triumphant battles of the Blambangan war.
Kuningan Day and Sakenan Temple’s ‘Piodalan’ Anniversary
11 November | Serangan Island
Kuningan Day roughly takes place 10 days after the Galungan celebrations. Offerings and prayers are conducted at temples and shrines before noon. One of the island’s most notable temples is Sakenan on Serangan Island, which coincidentally celebrates its piodalan temple anniversary around this time. Access to the Sakenan Temple and the Serangan Island is easy via the bridge. Several exceptional ritual dances are performed during the height of the piodalan celebrations, usu- ally over the Kuningan weekend. These range from Barong dances to various Tari Topeng or mask dances and all provide rare, spur-of- the-moment photo opportunities.
Nusa Dua Fiesta
15-19 November | Nusa Dua
The Nusa Dua Fiesta is an annual festival that features a week of arts, culture, sports, music, and exhibitions that take place in and around the peninsula in Nusa Dua. This year’s Nusa Dua Fiesta kicks off on Wednesday, November 15 with an evening opening ceremony at Nusa Dua’s landmark peninsular area. Earlier in the morning, you can admire various handicrafts on display here, as well as unique bonsais and an antique automobile show. In the afternoon, the streets come alive with parades featuring vivid floats from all of the five-star resorts in Nusa Dua’s ITDC complex.■