There will be a lot going on during the final quarter of 2013 with different celebrations and public holidays that make the island of Bali such a melting pot of cultural diversity.
Our Islamic friends will observe Idul Adha 1434 Hijriyah on 15th October 2013, which is also known as the Festival of Sacrifice. It is a time when goats are sacrificed and the meat is distributed amongst the poorest members of the local community. This holiday represents giving back to those less fortunate and sharing with fellow Muslims.
Galungan Day on 23rd October 2013 will see Balinese Hindu’s return home to their ancestral villages to pray in their family temples and feast upon island delicacies such as suckling pig. This revered local celebration symbolizes the universal victory of good over evil with a series of rituals covering a ten-day period. Festivities will culminate on Kuningan Day on 2nd November 2013 with a ceremony conducted to honour defied ancestors.
Next is Tahun Baru Islam 1435 Hijriyah or Islamic New Year on 5th November 2013. It is a public holiday that represents the first day of the first month on the Islamic calendar and is a time for personal reflection.
Tumpek Krulut on 7th December 2013 will pay tribute to the musical instruments, masks and dance costumes that are used as an artistic accompaniment to Bali’s religious ceremonies. Many of these items are believed to posses magical powers and have the ability to bring an ordinary performance to life. Each piece will be carefully cleaned, decorated and blessed with offerings and a sprinkle of holy water whilst sacred mantras are recited by a priest. Musicians and dancers also pray together seeking artistic guidance for future events showcasing their talents.
Finally, the year will draw to a close with the festive season. Christmas Day on 25th December 2013 is a joyous occasion to gather with friends and loved ones to exchange gifts and honour the birth of Jesus Christ. In the spirit of the season, AlamKulKul will be hosting an elaborate feast of traditional cuisine including roast turkey with all the trimmings. Santa Claus is expected to pay a surprise visit with a bag full of sweet treats for all in-house children.