Your trip to Bali comes to an end?
It is time to do the last shopping, whether for your loved ones or for you. Here is our shopping selection to bring home a small piece of Paradise Island once back.
1. Traditional textiles
Batik, Songket, Prada, Endek, etc. Bali is well known for the excellence and richness of its fabrics. You can bring typical outfits with very varied cuts, textures and colors. You can also discover the different weaving methods used in some shops.
If you are in the Seminyak area, take the opportunity to go at Nyaman Boutique, you could find clothes 100% made in Bali.
2. Wood carving
Traditionally, wood carving in Bali was intended to decorated temples or palaces. The artists found their inspiration in Hindu and also in the daily life of Balinese. The village of Mas, near Ubud, specializes in woodworking.
In Bali, there are many markets or street stalls where you can find these colorful giveaways. One of the most famous places is Geneva handicraft in Kerobokan. Here, you could find natural handicraft made with glass, bamboo, coconut and several other materials.
Balinese cuisine is very colorful, spicy and tasty. Pepper is the leading product of Balinese cuisine. There are 7 varieties, from bird pepper, the most powerful and the smallest, to Lombok cab, long red pepper very sweet. Nutmeg, clove, citronella, ginger, cardamom, you will find all you could wish for on the Ubud market.
5. Balinese paintings
Bali is an artist’s Island. There are many Art Galleries. One of them is Nyaman Gallery, a contemporary art gallery based in Seminyak. You will spoil yourself bringing back the Balinese art with you.
6. Luwak Coffee
Kopi Luwak is a precious coffee made from part-digested coffee cherries eaten by the Asian palm civet. For coffee lovers, Luwak coffee is much appreciated.
7. Natural care
The women from Bali have learned how to use what nature has offered them to take care of their skin and their hair, weakened by the water and the sun. Coconut, exotic fruits, pink or white frangipani flowers are found everywhere, from which the Balinese extract sublime oil that you can apply on your body, your face and your hair to moisturize and scrub. The smell will make you feel like you’ve never left this Paradise Island!
There are many things that make Bali an unforgettable island.
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What is the Silent Day ? Traditions of Hari Raya Nyepi
The Day before
Celebrations take place in Bali, on the first new moon in Marchn usually on the same day as the Indian festival Ugadi.
The custom says that the arrival of Spring is the time where the Lord of Hell sends all the madness and devils to Bali (represented by the Ogoh Ogoh), they must be cleared out in order to purify the island before the new year begins.
The devils are pushing away by the local through the giant papier-mache effigies of the evil spirits, the famous “Ogoh Ogoh”. The local people paraded them through the cities while people make noise as much as possible. It is an intense ceremony which is a once to assist in a life when you live in Bali.
The ceremony continue with the burning Ogoh Ogoh in order to purify the spirits and scare the monsters away. The burning ceremony is followed by dancing and partying.
The day of Nyepi– The Silent Day – Hari Raya Nyepi
The Nyepi, it is the beginning of the Balinese Hindu Saka New Year and of the spring. This year will be 1940 according to their calendar. This day is intended for people to do self-reflection, keep silence and more. It takes part between 6 am until 6 am the following day. All the streets and shop are closed, so do is the airport. Wifi, data and electricity are shut down.
The day after Nyepi called Ngembak Geni
This day is the back on routines but still a day a religious rituals, you also find beach market who take place in Kuta, Legian and Seminyak while the shop are not reopened yet.
Hari Raya Nyepi 1940 from Nyaman Group
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