Buried in the Fire

Ngaben is always translated into “cremation ceremony” in English, but unfortunately not all cremation ceremonies in Bali can be categorized as ngaben. There are two types of cremation ceremonies in Bali, Ngaben and Mekingsan ring Geni (buried or left in the fire) with the main differences lie on the offerings and paraphernalias which are used and the function of the ceremony.

Making A Sacred Mask

In Bali, a sacred mask serves as a protector of a village. Balinese believe that it protects all its followers as long as the deity that resides in the mask is constantly appeased with rituals and devotions. When a temple priest has a vision instructing the worshippers to acquire a sacred mask in which the deity of the temple can reside, the priest and worshippers will summon a consecrated mask maker to create a sacred mask in which the protective deity will reside. Only a few carvers in this island are qualified to carve a sacred mask. Only a member of high caste are allowed to initiate the carving of sacred mask, and difficulty of forming the mask further limits the eligible.


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Bali Travel News

Revamped festival for Bali Peninsula
Sep 20, 2007

THE BALI Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC) has revamped the annual festival held 18-21 October at Peninsula Island — Nusa Dua, otherwise known as The Garden of Hope.The four-day event this year will have the theme ‘Nusa Dua Festival 2007’. Activities include culture, fashion, food, arts, sports, music and exhibitions. Designed to appeal to an audience of all ages, the festival will present traditional performances from Bali as well as other provinces across the Indonesian archipelago.

“Besides demonstrating what Nusa Dua has to offer, we also would like to promote Bali to the world,” said Ir. I Made Mandra, president director BTDC. “The inaugural Nusa Dua Festival was first held in 1996 and over the ensuing years we have aspired to create different themes so that tourists can experience something unique at every event.”

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Bali Travel Forum

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, 2007
Sep 21, 2007

The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is one of the top literary events in the Asian region. In 2006, the Festival was named ‘one of the world’s great book events’ by Conde Nast Traveler and ‘among the top six literary Festivals in the world’ by Harper’s Bazaar.

25-30 September
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

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Hotel Press Releases

Melia Bali Villas & Spa Resort
Nusa Dua, Bali - Indonesia

September - October Press Release

" Bali Culinary Challenge 2007 "

Melia Bali Villas & Spa Resort Team recently won four medals at the Bali Culinary Challenge during the 2nd Sanur Village Festival 2007. Gold Prize for Individual Ice Carving, Silver Prize for Fusion Style Vegetarian Main Course and Bronze Prizes for Western Style Main Course for Fish & Shellfish and Individual Fruit & Vegetable Carving.

Melia Chef's Collaboration

"From Java to Bali" (17th - 20th October 2007)
Three Master Chefs in one culinary symphony...
Melia Bali Villas & Spa Resort is proud to present a unique culinary journey from Java and Bali. Discover the authentic taste of Betawi, Central Java and Balinese cuisines at Melia Bali Villas & Spa Resort. We are honored to introduce our Master Chefs from Gran Melia Jakarta, Melia Purosani Central Java and Melia Bali. These Master Chefs will prepare the finest selection of traditional and flavourful culinary delights from various provinces... Jakarta, Central Java and Bali..., rich in their own unique cuisines and culture.

Daily with live entertainment
19.00 - 22.30

Welcome to Melia Bali cooking class

Our winning culinary team demonstrates Balinese cooking traditions and methods, ingredients and flavorful blends in culinary experience sessions. Dine together with the Chef and collect recipe cards explaining ingredients and cooking procedures during this memorable session that you can share over and over again with friends and family, long after your adventure in Bali.

Daily for lunch or dinner at Lotus Restaurant. Booking recommend one day in advance.

Ketupat Lebaran Buffet Dinner
Saturday, October 13, 2007

Celebrate "Lebaran" from traditional country cuisine from across the equator. This scrumptious buffet includes of hot dishes, live cooking stations and delicious Indonesian salads. FREE FLOW ICE TEA.

Buffet Dinner with live entertainment
19.00 - 22.30

Sorrento Restaurant

Named Best restaurant in Indonesia for its cuisine and services by Indonesian Tattler Magazine, during September - October our Spanish Chef Oskar will create the followings:

"Taste of Italy"
Discover the taste of Italian cuisines in an elegant buffet dinner with the best selection of salad, soup, main dish ans sweet delight.

Including free flow sparkling wine. Available every Monday night. From: 19.00 - 22.00

Mediterranean Extravaganza
Discover the ambience of the Mediterranean in an elegant buffet dinner with the best selection or salad, soup, main dishes and sweet delights.

Including free flow sparkling wine. Available every Friday night. From 19.00 - 22.00

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