Traditional Bali Food Fight – Get Set, Ready, Rice!

Tipat War is one of the most popular, traditional food fights in Bali. This is an annual event hosted in the village of Kapal.

When is it

This is a joyful event held in the fourth month of the Balinese calendar, which usually falls on September and October. Accommodation for participants are available in any Seminyak resort in Bali . Visitors may pick budget or luxury hotels based on their convenience, options include Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort.

What is it?

This is an event when the village’s throw rice cakes at each other to celebrate the rice harvest every year. This is in fact considered one of the biggest traditional food fights in the world.

How it starts

The local men in the village would gather to the village temple to pay homage to the gods for a bountiful harvest. After the prayers everyone will collect to the temple courtyard for the first rice cake fight.

Tipat war

The first fight is a mild warmup for the main event. Participants would divide into two groups and start throwing Tipat at each other. Tipat is a cooked rice wrapped in coconut leaves. The actual war usually take place in the village streets.

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All About Bali Vegan Festival – For the Love of Earth!

Vegans and Vegans to be – head over to the Bali Vegan Festival, where you can enjoy the life of a vegan while celebrating the environment, the earth and animals.

Vegans unite!

The festival aims to bring together entertainers, environmentalists, healers and yoga teachers, vegan chefs and lifestyle advisers from around the world.

Celebrate good times

C’mon! The Bali Vegan Festival is a celebration of mother earth. It will celebrate everything that cruelty free and spread awareness for having compassion and love to the earth and its animals.

When?

The festival is set to commence from the 6th of October and last till 8th October 2017. The festival starts at 8 am. Come here early if you want to get the best view of the performances and taste the delectable vegan dishes.

Where?

The festival will take place at Paradiso Ubud, which is located off Jalan Hanoman in Ubud near the Earth Café and Market. Paradiso hosts musical concerts, themed festivals, workshops, art exhibitions etc. There are plenty of family friendly activities too, to get everyone involved.

Stay

If you want to be a part of this festival, there are a number of Bali resorts to choose from, especially at properties such as Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort.

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Tips for a Successful International Conference – Covering all the Angles

Organising a conference is a tremendous task that requires a great deal of foresight and planning, especially if it’s going to take place in a foreign nation.

Choose an Ideal Location/Venue

One of the most fundamental criteria to consider is capacity. A venue must have enough space to support guests, exhibitors and workshops. If you’re having multiple workshops or speakers happening simultaneously, it will require some sound-proofing and acoustical-knowledge by the venue provider.

Translators

The language barrier is an absolutely essential factor to consider if there’s any sort of international basis for the conference. It is also worth having a contingency for guests who might be impaired visually or on an auditory level.

 Transportation

This is particularly important for conferences abroad. If you want opt for an exotic location and choose a convention centre in Bali then transportation will definitely be an issue. Although air-fare is commonly provided to special guests, transportation within the country might not always be provided.

Accommodation

It’s always good to choose a venue belonging to a hotel or one that has a selection of accommodation options nearby. Some places such as Bali International Convention Centre have their own on-site accommodation. If you’re choosing a hotel as a venue for the conference, you can pretty much always get special rates for the rooms.

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The 72nd Independence Day of Indonesia – A Free and an Independent Society

Indonesia celebrated its 72nd Independence day on the 17th of August 2017 in glorious style. The 17th of August has been declared a national Holiday in all of Indonesia.

About Indonesia

The huge Indonesian archipelago, made up of more than seventeen thousand islands stretching from South East Asia to the Pacific, is like many countries in one. When you are here, visiting the popular province in Indonesia, Bali, is a must as there is so much to see and do. You may choose to book into a Bali resort hotel such as the Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort.

Special Publication

A special publication was released by Indonesia Investments dedicating itself to this historic day. It was highlighted by stories such as the former President Soekarno’s continued fight for the freedom of Indonesia and also of the birth of Indonesia’s national anthem, a brief narration of the period of colonial rule and of its heroes who struggled on behalf of Indonesia for its independence.

Theme

It’s celebrations were held at Wisma, in Rose Bay. The theme adopted for this year’s Independence Day was ‘Kerja Bersama’ (togetherness).

Logo

The number 7 in the logo indicates an arrow heading to the direction of the upper left which represents, development aligned for a better tomorrow.

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Discover the Indo-Mauritian Culture with Fascinating “Divali” Celebrations -Unto a world of lights

“Divali”, or “Deepavali” is an amalgamation of two Sanskrit words, meaning “Row of Light”. As apparent by the name, Divali is celebrated to symbolize the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil. Mauritius, where 63% of the population is Indian, out of which 80% follow Hinduism, this festival of light is celebrated in grandeur, transforming the island into a glittering fairyland at night.

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An Indian festival in origin, Divali is celebrated in honour of Rama, the Prince of Ayodhya, returning home after his fourteen-year exile; the day also celebrated the victory of Rama over the devil king Ravana, as depicted in the epic “Ramayana”. However, the day is dedicated to Lord Vishnu’s consort, Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, purity and light. Divali falls on the night of the New Moon in the month of Kartik i.e. October or November.
For the traveller who will be in Mauritius during this time period, an assault of cultural senses await. Considering the importance and beauty of Divali, all industries, including hospitality, in Mauritius come on board for the celebrations. Some hotels, such as InterContinental Mauritius Resort Balaclava Fort, a beach hotel in Mauritius, have special programs where tourists are taken to explore the area during festival time. Locals are busy fasting to purify the soul in the week preceding Divali, and cleaning their houses to welcome the goddess of light. The day of the festival is a carnival unto itself, with at least seven different types of sweets prepared in every household, which are then put into colourful boxes to be distributed among neighbours, friends, and family – with no discrimination on their beliefs. Divali is known to bring the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic population of the island together in creating a fairyland during the festival period.
While all these delicacies are tantalizing your taste buds, a visual spectral awaits as the night falls. Each and every house in the island lights an earthen oil lamp named “diya” outside their door, to repel darkness and invite light. This diyas glimmer with their flames dancing to the salted breeze from every house; multi-coloured lights illuminate trees, buildings, terraces, and houses as well, making it look as if the island is home to a thousand glimmering fireflies.

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Nusa Dua Fiesta – A vibrant display of Bali’s true colours

Every year the beaches of Bali grow in popularity. The crowds swell like the tides, millions of tourists from around the world flood Indonesia in search of the best waves for surfing, the aquamarine waters for paddling, the best dive sites for viewing colourful coral and exotic marine life and the most stunning beaches. While it caters to the upmarket traveler looking for a luxury hotel, Bali also offers homestay and backpacker options for the budget tourist. In recent years: the mushrooming of beachfront resorts, restaurants, shopping malls, and nightclubs has gained Bali the reputation of being Asia’s top party destination.

The Nusa Dua Fiesta is a festival that shows Bali has more to offer. The annual, weeklong event was started in 1996 by the Bali Tourism Development Corporation to show the world Bali’s culture and talent. A number of art competitions and exhibitions are held on opening day at private beaches of participating hotels that line the Peninsula. The InterContinental Bali Resort lies at the heart of the action. The following days delve into Balinese arts, culture, sports and music. Diving tours that show off the island’s natural beauty, cultural performances, musical shows and other displays are lined up on the itinerary. The festivities also include carnivals and other activities for younger visitors. A festival of such grandeur would not be complete without shining a spotlight on the fine local cuisine; special gala dinners with live entertainers and a charity component are also scheduled during the week.

The aim of the Nusa Dua Fiesta is to improve tourism. It has given rise to other annual events of a similar nature taking place on neighbouring beaches like the Kuta Karnival, Sanur Village Festival, Bali Ubud Festival and other festivals across the country. 2015 will mark the sixteenth installment of Nusa Dua Fiesta.

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Annual Festival of Traditional Kites in Bali – Witness the magic of Bali’s windy season

The annual Kites Festival in Bali takes place between July and August starting from the windy season which is ideal for kiting. The festival comprises of a series of kiting events held in different locations favourable for kiting. Kite festivals are one of Bali’s top listed annual events with excellent cultural shows and social gatherings taking place simultaneously during the festive period. The top kite festival events are held mostly along the eastern coast of Padanggalak, north of Sanur. The preliminary rounds begin towards the end of June and confirmed based on weather patterns. Therefore, the event dates are mostly announced on the last minute. Hundreds of professional and amateur kiting teams and individuals as well as tons of fans flock to these venues from all over Bali to proudly fly their modern and traditional kites both large and small. The variety of colours, shapes and designs that can be witnessed during the kite festival time is spellbinding. Visitors travelling here during the festival time can look to stay at a villa Bali Seminyak has to offer such as those available at Samaja Villas Kunti.

It all began as a seasonal agrarian festival to thank the heavens for the blessing of abundant crops and harvests. However, before long it was transformed into a communal youth groups’ competitive kite flying event where the teams participate and compete for prize money from sponsors. Some of the categories of competitions held include ‘new creation’ kites including detailed 3D figures and designs, Hindu gods’ portraits, cars and motorbikes and mascots. Each group is accompanied by a gamelan orchestra that brings out the joyous spirit and mood of celebration and cheer. The drama associated with the take-off and landing sequences of kites is extremely fantastic to watch. Witness the colourful skies dominated by flying giants during the epic Bali Kites Festival and be part of the Bali windy season magic.

 

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Bali International Triathlon- Swim , Bike and Run in Paradise

Bali is one of the most visited exotic islands in the far East Asia , world famous for its sandy beaches and lavish luxury , Bali has always been a prime vacation spot among tourist. Staying at a luxury hotel Bali has to offer would be the perfect start to your holiday. A bespoke hotel of such a caliber is InterContinental Bali Resort , which overlooks the Jimbaran Bay, and has well appointed rooms to offer lavish luxury to its guests.

Known better as the Herbal life Bali International Triathlon, the event is scheduled to take place on the 15th of October 2015. First ran in 2007, the event has won global recognition and one of the prestigious awards under its belt is the title of , “Best Destination Triathlon“. The growing popularity has seen the number of participants grow annually. The numbers are expected to grow this year as well with the number of participants expected to grow up to 1000 participants from over 30 countries including around 500 from Indonesia.

The event comprises of a full Olympic Triathlon, a half Triathlon and a 5 Km fun run. The event is heavily backed by the hotels and businesses of Jimbaran Bay. The event commences shortly after sun rise with a swim in the Jimbaran Bay followed by a bike sprint to Nusa Dua and the event ends with a Road race.

There is also the popular “Race central” which marks the start and finish of the race located within the gardens of the InterContinental hotel premises. There is live entertainment all morning long and vendors with food and drinks.

The title sponsor of this grand scale event is Herbal Life Indonesia. The registration for the event is possible via the online application.

 

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Bali Gourmet Festival 2015: a food fanatic’s most delectable dream

The tantalizing scents of this year’s festival seem to be growing more intense, as preparations are being made for Indonesia’s most celebrated food bonanza which will take place from the 14th to the 16th of August 2015. The Bali Nusa Dua Convention Centre will sizzle, as the culinary skills of Indonesia’s 5 star hotels and street vendors will be displayed. The festival is an incredible opening for burgeoning food businesses and similarlywould not fail to entice the taste buds of food lovers. It would certainly be a pity if you miss the irresistible thrills of the festival. Book your stay at InterContinental Bali Resort and indulge in the luxuries offered by this premium Bali resort while giving into your wildest food fantasies.

Indonesia boasts a growing economy that spends 50% of its total per capita income on food. Thus, it would seem suitable that it widens its horizons by strengthening ties between the food industry in its own country and those from around the world. If you have a food-related business, you can get some useful tips from the experts and even invest in some marketing strategies that will solidify your presence in the food industry. In establishing ties with culinary expertise from around the world, the organizers of the Bali Gourmet Festival display foresightedness. The festival also cultivates a culture of sharing.

Bars and lounges galore! Specific locations are demarcated for those who enjoy beverages of different kinds. Whether you crave beer, champagne, whiskey or a cocktail, the festival has it all. More than 120 premium brands will also showcase their products and display their talents. If you desire some live action, head towards the cookery theatreand watch as the fiery and silent food preparations become works of art in their own right.

Be entertained throughout the day and late into the night. Live music will be the best accompaniment when savouring good food. When the stalls close for the night, you can join the after parties that are part of the festival. You would not be able to imagine a better combination than the one established between food and entertainment. Be a part of it!

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Balinese Dances and Dramas – A Secret and Exotic Art

Located in South Bali is the beautiful coastal town of Seminyak. Known for being one of the most developed and exclusive areas of Bali, Seminyak is home to some of Bali’s more popular beaches and temples such as Seminyak Beach and the Pura Petitenget Temple. Seminyak is also known for its luxury accommodation and Bali 5 star resorts such as the W Retreat & Spa Bali Seminyak.

The Balinese people are known for their rich heritage and culture, and one aspect of this is their native dance and drama. Balinese dance and drama is an ancient art known for incorporating religious expressions and cultural symbolism. Being passed down from generation to generation, Balinese drama and dance is quite a secretive art, with only the practitioners of these arts knowing its full depth. Yet visitors to Bali will be able to witness these amazing and exotic performances which are both exciting and captivating.

Balinese dances and drama are greatly influenced by Hinduism. Hence many of these performances have traditional ritualistic values. Each dance or drama expresses Hindu rituals or depicts a tale in Hindu folklore. Thus these dances incorporate decretive costumes, elaborate head masks, interpretative and articulate expressions using the eyes, mouth, fingers, hips and feet. Balinese drama and dance also uses the unique technique of using various body parts to create layered percussive sounds, to set the rhythm and speed of a dance or drama. Some of the most popular Balinese dramas and dances include The Ramayana; a slightly different depiction of the Hindu legend of King Rama’s defeat of Rahwana, the Barong Dance; a dance depicting the battle between the Forest God Barong and Rangda, the Legong Keraton; a graceful interpretative dance depicting the tale of Rangkesari.

Balinese dances and drama is both illustrative and creative, and is known for gripping its audiences with its exotic depictions, smooth and silky movements and powerful storytelling, and is thus worth exploring while in Bali.

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