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Calendar of Festive and Event

February:

  • Isra Mi’raj Nabi Muhammad SAW: Falling on February 8, 2024, the event commonly referred to as Isra and Mi'raj in Islam commemorate the night journey (Isra) and ascension (Mi'raj) of Prophet Muhammad. This event is observed on the 27th day of the Islamic month of Rajab. The Isra and Mi'raj are significant episodes in Islamic tradition and are described in the Quran and various Hadiths (sayings and actions of Prophet Muhammad).
  • Chinese New Year 2575 Kongzili: Marking it presence on February 10, 2024. This vibrant and significant festival, celebrated by millions around the world, holds rich cultural traditions and symbolizes the renewal of life.
  • Galungan Day: At the end of February, anticipation and excitement fill the air for the upcoming Balinese Hindu festival of Galungan. Falling on February 28, 2024, this joyous occasion holds great cultural and spiritual significance for the Balinese people, marking the victory of dharma (good) over adharma (evil).

March:

  • Kuningan Day: On March 9, 2024, families and communities across Bali will come together to honor their ancestors, express gratitude, and seek blessings during this special day.
  • Nyepi (Day of Silence): Nyepi Caka 1946 falling on March 11, 2024 marking as Bali's lunar new year based on the Saka calendar. Revered as the quietest day in Bali, the Melasti processions occur three days before Saka New Year. Pilgrims embark on solemn walks from temples to the coastlines for purification rituals.
  • Omed-omedan: An exclusive celebration in Sesetan Village by the Banjar Kaja community. Youths and community members take to the streets for a lively event, highlighted by water splashing, playful scenes reminiscent of tug-of-war, and a unique twist—two individuals in the midst share a kiss during the festivities.
  • Easter: Falling on March, 31, 2024 Easter is the cornerstone of the Christian faith, commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ three days after his crucifixion. The resurrection is a symbol of divine love, redemption, and the promise of eternal life.

April:

  • Eid al-Fitr 1445 H: As the holy month of Ramadan draws to a close, Muslims worldwide eagerly anticipate the joyous celebration of Eid al-Fitr. Falling on April 10 and 11, 2023 in Indonesia, this sacred occasion is a time of gratitude, reflection, and communal unity as families and communities come together to mark the end of fasting and spiritual devotion.
  • Bali Spirit Festival: Convening in April, this event brings together global yoga instructors and practitioners. Beyond yoga, it celebrates world arts, dance, and music, offering vibrant concerts and performances.
  • Ubud Food Festival: Held in mid-April in Ubud, this culinary extravaganza is a testament to the rich heritage of Indonesian cuisine. The festival features local and international chefs, incorporating talks and workshops into its program.

May:

  • Ascension Day of Jesus: Falling on May 9, 2024, Christians will gather to commemorate the solemn occasion of Ascension Day, a pivotal event in the Christian faith that marks the ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven. This day holds profound spiritual significance, reflecting the promise of eternal life and the continued presence of Christ's spirit.
  • Vesak Day: A profoundly significant day in Buddhism that commemorates the birth, enlightenment and passing away of Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha that falling on May 24, 2024.

June:

  • Eid al-Adha: Falling on June 17, 2024, this auspicious occasion holds deep spiritual significance, commemorating the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God.
  • Bali Arts Festival: Known locally as Pesta Kesenian Bali, this annual celebration unfolds from mid-June to mid-July. Showcasing a diverse array of exhibitions, performances, artworks, and cultural achievements, it is a vibrant tribute to Bali's artistic spirit.
  • Bali Kite Festival: An international attraction, this festival, held in June, serves as both a celebration and preservation effort for the traditional art of kite-making, with participation from village kite troupes across the island.

July:

  • Islamic New Year 1446 H: Falling on July 7, 2024, this occasion marks a time of reflection, renewal, and spiritual growth as believers embark on a fresh journey in the Islamic calendar.

August:

  • Indonesia Independence Day: The spirit of patriotism and unity resonates across Indonesia in anticipation of the country's most significant day—Independence Day. On August 17, 2024, Indonesia citizens commemorate the hard-fought freedom, celebrate the diverse cultural heritage, and honor the journey that has shaped the nation.

September:

  • Maulid Prophet Muhammad: Commemorating the birth of the Prophet Muhammad, falling on September 16, 2024, this celebration is a time for reflection, gratitude, and expressing devotion to the exemplary life of the Prophet.
  • Galungan Day: Marking it presence on September 25, 2024 the Balinese Hindu community eagerly prepares to celebrate this deeply significant festival to honor the triumph of dharma (good) over adharma (evil), marking the return of ancestral spirits to the earthly realm and embracing the rich cultural and spiritual traditions that define Galungan.
  • Sanur Village Festival: A week-long celebration by the Sanur beach community, blending cultural highlights with food, water sports, environmental awareness events, and expanding to include fashion, yoga, wellbeing, sports, and environmental campaigns.

October:

  • Kuningan Day: With the approach of October 5, 2024 the Balinese Hindu community eagerly anticipates the culmination of the Galungan celebration through the observance of Kuningan Day. This sacred and spiritually significant occasion marks the closing of the Galungan cycle, as families come together to honor their ancestors, express gratitude, and seek blessings.
  • Ubud Writers & Readers Festival: An annual literary gathering in Ubud, bringing together speakers and writers from around the globe. The agenda features literary workshops, book launches, youth programs, and showcases Bali's arts and culture.

November:

  • Legian Beach Festival (Mid-November): An annual event in the Legian beach area featuring cultural exhibitions and displays of local artists' best art and handicrafts.
  • Sidemen Festival (Tentative): A special event promoting traditional woven textiles and songket fabric unique to Sidemen in Karangasem.

December:

  • Christmas Day: Celebrated every December 25 each year, Christmas Day is a Christian holiday that marks the birth of Jesus Christ, the central figure of Christianity. It’s a day for Christians to attend church services, reflect on the nativity story, and celebrate the hope and salvation that Jesus’ birth represents.
  • Pemuteran Bay Festival (Mid-December): A nautical celebration highlighting the beauty of dive spots and marine life on Bali's north coast, opening with a festive cultural fanfare.
  • Denpasar Festival (End of December):  An end-of-year celebration in Denpasar featuring local produce exhibitions, culinary delights, cultural parades, competitions, music concerts, traditional performances, and dances.
  • Pandawa Beach Festival (25 December – 1 January): One of Bali's largest beach events held in Pandawa beach, featuring a cultural parade, performances, and a local food bazaar.
  • Panglipuran Village Festival (End of December): An annual event promoting the ancient village in Bangli, showcasing a traditional fashion show, culinary bazaars, and competitions.
  • Nusa Dua Light Festival (Tentative): Bali's brightest annual event held in ITDC – Nusa Dua, featuring colorful lamp installations, daily performances, and a food bazaar, with a different theme each year.


Source: Go Indonesia Bali, 2024

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