Tawur Kesanga: Payment to the Demon

A day prior to Nyepi, or Balinese New Year, the great Tawur Kesanga ritual is held all over Bali. The word “tawur” literally means, “pay” in a sense of a payment to the bhuta kala, personification to negative force, in order to restore the harmony of life. And kesanga is the ninth month in Balinese Caka calendar. The kesanga is considered the worst month by the Balinese, with troublesome rainy season, and when even the earth is said to be sick and feverish (panes). It is believed that the Lord of Hell, Yama, sweeps Hades of devils, which fall on Bali, making it imperative that the whole of the island be purified.

Tabuh Rah: Blood Sacrifice

The great Tawur Kesanga, an extortion payment to the bhuta kala (personification of negative force) that is held a day before Nyepi (this year Nyepi falls on Monday 3/19/07) will not be complete without Tabuh Rah (spilling blood) ritual or cockfight as a matter of fact.



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Bali Travel News

Bali’s Harbors are Back in Business
Mar 12, 2007

After paralyzed for 5 days by the exceptionally high waves of Lombok strait, the Padangbai harbors is now open. Though the weather is good and the crossing is smooth, a long queue of vehicles and passengers are still visible. Gilimanuk harbor is also opened since yesterday (3/11/2007). Activities in this harbor are also running smooth, no vehicle and passenger queue visible. From 24 ships available in this harbor for crossing, 21 ships are ready to serve the passengers.

Karangasem to Hold a Tourism Promo Tour to Miami
Mar 10, 2007

The regent of Karangasem, I Wayan Geredeg and head of Karangasem House of Representative Wayan Sukadana will hold a tourism promo tour to Miami. This promo tour is held to promote Karangasem as a destination to stop by for foreign cruise ship. This tourism promo tour is a follow up action of last year tour. Last year tourism promo tour brought significant effect to tourism development in Karangasem. A 50% increase is recorded on the number of cruise ship that stopped by in Karangasem each year. This increase also gave a significant increased to the number of tourist visit to Karangasem last year. This year the Karangasem Tourism Authority set an ambitious target on cruise ship visit ( 30 ships).  

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Hotel Press Releases

Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa
, 80363, Nusa Dua, Bali - Indonesia

March 2007 Edition

New General Manager

Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa is proud to announce the appointment of Mr. Reto V. Torriani as General Manager, effective January 12st, 2007.

An American and Swiss national, he was educated in Switzerland at the Lucerne School of Hotel Management where he graduated and added a Bachelor Degree in Hotel- and Tourism Business and Administration degree. His hospitality career started in the the late 70ties and he has held General Manager positions in the United States, North Africa, French Polynesia, Indonesia, The Caribbeans and Hong Kong. Fluent in English, German, Italian and French he was most recently the Resort Manager at Cheeca Lodge and Spa in the Florida Keys, FL prior to return to Bali and (he was the opening GM for The Chedi Ubud in 1996) joining the Nusa Dua Hotel & Spa, Bali. With his vast international experience he has perfected his management skills and we are confident that Mr. Torriani will lead our team through the success and challenges ahead in 2007.

Management and staff of Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa are delighted to welcome Mr. Reto V. Torriani on board.

Wedding in Paradise

Make your dreams of a lifetime come true… with a wedding in Paradise. For that ultimate expression of love, romance and exotic intimacy, exchange your vows on one of the world’s most beautiful and enchanting Islands.

Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa is graced with numerous locations from our colorful gardens to our tropical sandy beachfront gazebo which has magnificent 180 degree view of the Indian Ocean and distant views to the famous Mount Agung volcano and Nusa Penida Island.

We have an extensive range of venues, themes and services to offer. Choose from the elegant and stylish white to the vibrant and colorful traditional Balinese. Champagne breakfast, ceremonies, high tea receptions, candlelit dinners, all customized to make your dream wedding come true.

155 countries in 22 years

Named in the "Guiness Book of Records" in 1997 for the longest journey around the World in one- and the same car, Mr. & Mrs. Emil Schmidt from Switzerland made their trip around Indonesia since December 17th, 2006. During their stop in Bali, they happened to be guest of honor at the Rotary Club luncheon at the Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa. They were accompanied to the luncheon by the Consul of Switzerland and Austria in Bali, Mr. Jon Zuercher.

During the lunch the Schmidt's told their audience about their long year experiences and adventures driving their Toyota Land Cruiser FJ60, which is equipped as a mobile home complete with a small kitchen and other utilities.

Their unique and exciting journey started in 1984 from Iceland to New York. Since then, they have covered 45 countries in Europe, 27 States in North America, 13 countries in South- and Central America, 35 in Africa, 34 in Asia and Australia.

While in Indonesia, they made a round-trip from Jakarata to visit the Borobudur Temple in Yogyakarta and then on to Bali. Of course Bali is not their final destination in Indonesia and they will continue to cross the sea to the East including Lombok, Sumbawa, Sumba, Flores and the Timor Islands.

Confirming many people's impression about Bali, Mr. Schmidt said "We had a wonderful time exploring and encountered beautiful landscapes along the coast as well as in the mountains, and the Balinese spirit is still present everywhere".

We wish Mr. & Mrs. Schmidt a safe journey and many more years of travelling the Globe. Of course we hope to see them again in Bali.


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