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Galungan – A Brief Overview

The ancient Balinese calendar is a complex cycle where many days have specific holy significances. The Balinese community will celebrate Galungan on Wednesday 3rd May 2006, which in western terms can be likened to Christmas in the fact that family members gather to pray, eat and socialize together.

Galungan is perhaps the most important Balinese religious holidays for followers of the Hindu faith. The celebrations for Galungan are basically spread across a three-day period where a series of symbolic ceremonies are carried out all over the island. As this is an extraordinarily long public holiday, most Balinese return home to their ancestral villages to prepare for the festivities. Despite the intense workload the mood is invariably jovial.

Balinese Arts, from Homage to Performance

It is often said by the specialists of the arts that the arts in Bali are most often created as homage to the great creator, and characterized with the feeling of high devotion towards the arts itself. A work of traditional art is able to invoke vibrations of taksu, or to spring one’s interest, because the process of creation itself is supported by a will to dedicate a good work of art, free of the feelings of ego in regard to its copyright and value.

Works of art and culture in Bali first appeared as duties, which were carried out together by groups of professionals, as an offering of their devotion in its perfection, through carrying out various religious activities, towards God. Dance and music are created as expressions of the feeling of happiness in welcoming the presence of the Gods, when performing ceremonies at the temples. Works of fine art, in the form of paintings and carvings, are always present as part of the offerings, mediating spiritual communication, and the singing of the kidung, which functions as words of homage in return for the well-being brought by the Gods.

 
 
 

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Bali Travel News

Tourism minister optimistic about Bali’s recovery
Apr 27, 2006

PATTAYA - Indonesia1s minister of Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik shared his confidence in Bali’s recovery at the PATA Annual conference. “Bali moves in the right direction, thanks to the support of the trade and the media”, he said. Before the October bombing, Bali received some 5,000 tourists daily. This went down to 1,000 in November before hitting 2,500 in March.But since April, it’s up to 4,000 tourists per day, he said.The government will relax visa rules to attract more foreign visitors and visas-on-arrival will be granted to Dutch and Swedish citizens. Days of validity have been extended from 3 to 7 days for the US$10 visa and now the authorities are looking to extend the length of stay for the US$25 visa from 30 to 90 days.

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Hotel Press Releases

Bali Rani Hotel
Jl. Kartika Plaza,, 80361, Tuban, Bali - Indonesia

Thai Express and Super Saver Package

Thai Express
Bali Rani Hotel proudly launch the opening of the new franchise restaurant called "Thai Express" on 7 February 2006 with it's own concepts " Thai's authentic dishes for everyone ".

The restaurant open from 11.00 am - 11.00 pm from Monday to Thursday and 11.00 am - 12.00 midnight from Friday - Sunday, all the menu comprising from various famous Thai's favorite to suit all your passion for Thai culinary and it's worth to try as well as value for money. Come and savor for yourself, friend and family in any occasion.

The outlet are available in several countries around region, mainly in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Australia.

Super Saver Package
The longer you stay, the more you safe.
• 2 Nights Stay get Rp. 25,000 less.
• 3 Nights Stay get Rp. 50,000 less.

Inclusion
• Daily breakfast.
• Exotic welcome drink.
• Stay at Superior Room.
• 10% discount F & B outlets.
• 30% discount at Kawas Spa.
• 21% government tax & service charge.

This offer is valid for Domestic Market only and applicable for any FIT NEW BOOKINGS.

This offer is valid from 1 April – 30 June 2006.


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Nusa Dua, 80363, Nusa Dua, Bali - Indonesia

Newly Royal Service Duplex Suite at Melia Bali Villas & Spa Resort

Melia Bali Villas & Spa Resort Royal Service

Melia Bali Villas & Spa Resort is pleased to introduce the newly RS Duplex Suite as room category where personalized and luxurious service are addressed for your comfort. RS concept has been implemented to maximize the satisfaction of the guest expectation during the holiday.

The total of 60 Royal Service Duplex Suite Rooms which are located at the upper floor of building II & III give a perfect view to the stunning manicured tropical garden and large lagoon swimming pool. AlI rooms are luxuriously furbished with:
• DVD-CD Player,
• In room Safety Box,
• Digital Weight Scale,
• Free selection of movies,
• Flexible Shower in the Bath room,
• Hi-Speed Broadband Internet Connection,
• Romantic Canopy on the bed, 2 IDD Telephones,
• Iron & Iron Board in the room, Selection of pillow choice,
• Spacious living room with comfort sofa bed at the lower level,
• 29" Flat Screen TV with 16 International Satellite TV Programs.

As a guest of a RS, you are entitle to an exclusive access to the RS Lounge, which give you privilege of:
• Selection of international newspaper and magazine,
• Personal butder service from 7 am - II midnight,
• Complimentary hard liqueur at 5- 8 pm.,
• Set of comfort sofa and coffee table,
• Private check-in and check out area,
• Broadband Internet connection,
• Smoking and non smoking area,
• Afternoon tea with canapes,
• 52" Flat Plasma TV.

Benefits
• Luxurious RS Bathrobe,
• Nightly turn-down service,
• Special set of RS amenities,
• RS Luggage tag upon arrival,
• Fresh fruits & flower arrangement,
• Complimentary pressing and laundry 2 pcs/day,
• Breakfast at Sorrento Mediterranean Restaurant,
• Complimentary tea & coffee all day at the Royal Service Lounge.

Previleges
• Express laundry & dry cleaning without extra charge,
• 20 minutes complimentary internet In RS Lounge,
• Free access to Mella Bali Gym & Health Club,
• Free access to pool villa and private beach,
• Late check out ( subject to availability),
• Private check in and check out.


 
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