February is the month for love & celebration here on the island of Bali.

Because Bali is such a diverse place to visit, every month there is something to celebrate. This February we are celebrating St. Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year and Tumpek Wayang.

Every February 14th, people around the world celebrate St. Valentine’s Day, a day for all those who are in love. One legend says that Valentine was a priest who served during the 3rd century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, marriage was forbidden for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. From that moment on he was considered saint patron of all the souls in love. Plenty of choices for romantic dinners and sunsets on the beach for the couples in love here on the island of Gods.

Another big celebration is Chinese New Year, which will fall on 16th of this year. It is the most important social and economic holiday in China when they want to spend time with families and travel to be together. The evening preceding Chinese New Year’s Day is an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner, and there will be plenty of opportunities for Chinese tradition on Bali as well.

On February 20th there is also one Balinese celebration – Tumpek Wayang. It is a special day dedicated towards traditional performing arts in Bali. Emphasis is on traditional Balinese shadow puppetry, known as wayang. Various offerings are made to the range of character puppets involved in this theatrical art. Tumpek Wayang is one part of a series of Tumpek days for blessing different subjects. It is open for all the tourists to come and en- joy the ceremonies with the locals.■

Bali Pocket Magazine