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Metatah, traditional Balinese tooth-filing ceremony

Tooth-filing or metatah is an important Hindu Balinese rite of passage. This very important ceremony is performed for Hindu Balinese when they come of age

Temple etiquette

Bali is full of Hindu temples that are unique in architecture and structure. The traditional Hindu religion in Bali is also unique and it is a real part of the Balinese daily life and culture. A visit of one of the thousands of Hindu temples is essential when visiting Bali. It is fascinating and gives an insight into the local culture. As the temples are holy places of worship, it is important to show respect and to observe certain rules during a temple visit.

How to Discover the authentic Bali?

Bali is a lush island to explore full of wonderful nature and an amazing cultural heritage. You can find wonderful beaches, stunning rice paddies, colorful temple decorations and smiling Balinese people.

Morning offerings in Bali

While in Bali, you will immediately notice that daily morning offerings, also called ‘Canang sari’ are placed everywhere, at the foot of temples, on statues, at the entrance door of a home or shop, on the beach, everywhere.

Why does the Bali statue wear black and white checkered clothes?

Everywhere in Bali you will see the black and white checkered textile. Near temples you will see it being used as decoration, for umbrellas and as sarong. You also find it wrapped around statues, tree trunks, rocks or shrines. Why is this and what does it mean?
North Bali Pura Beji Lovina, one of North Bali's oldest temples and dedicated to the goddess Dewi Sri

North Bali, top 10 things to do

North Bali is one of the most fascinating parts of the island offering some unique experiences to any visitor. Here is my personal list of top 10 things to do. Enjoy the read!
Barong dance at Villa Bossi

Barong dance - unique part of Balinese culture

Barong animal dance is one of the native Balinese dances. It is the well known dance of Balinese culture that finds its origin in the Balinese mythology.

5 great Balinese dishes you should try!

Balinese food is absolutely great! It is full of spices and healthy local products. While in Bali there are a couple of dishes that you should try:
Nyepi Bali Day of Silence

Nyepi - Bali's Day of Silence

Celebrating the silence, but first the purification, then the celebrations. Take a little time to reflect this Nyepi, no matter where you are.

Bali kicked of the 37th Bali Arts Festival

For one full month, from June 13 to July 11 2015, the best of Bali’s dances, music, and artistic expressions will be on display as Bali showcases its best cultural presentations.

Cultural landscape of Bali added to the UNESCO World Heritage List

For a thousand years, mornings in the heart of Bali have brought beautiful and inspiring visions of the island's terraced rice paddies. On July 2, the United Nations has added Balinese rice cultivation, known as Subak, to the UNESCO World Heritage List.