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Bali Travel Guidebook:
Special Days in Bali & Calendar

Introduction
Background on Bali
Activities & Tours
Language
Climate & Clothing
Money
Shopping
Health
Balinese Culture
   Special Days
      Galungan
      Kuningan
      Odalan
      Kajeng Kliwon
      Tumpek Landep
      Purnama
      (Full Moon)
      Tilem
      (New Moon)
      Nyepi (Balinese
        New Year)

 

Although modern-day Bali operates using the familiar Roman Calendar that most people are used to, with 365 days in a year, there are two other calendars that also play an important role in the lives of the Balinese.

The most important calendar for the Balinese is one using a 210-day cycle. Although many people would not be able to tell you exactly when their birthday is as a date from the Roman calendar, they would certainly know when their oton (Balinese birthday) is. Also this calendar is used to determine the dates of the many odalan (temple anniversary ceremonies) as well as the many special festival days that are celebrated island-wide in Bali.

There is also a third Lunar, or Saka Calendar that operates to determine particular events in the lives of the Balinese, especially for the farmers in the rural areas of Bali. This calendar is determined by the phases of the moon, the most important days being purnama (full moon) & tilem (new moon). Nyepi (Balinese New Year) is also determined using this calendar, the eve of Nyepi falling on the night of the new moon whenever it occurs around March/April each year.

Below is a summary of a number of dates that have various degrees of importance for the Balinese. As well as the Hindu-Bali holidays and days for special offerings that are celebrated Bali-wide, I have also included the dates of some of our local village ceremonies around KLUB KOKOS, as well as other public holidays (shown in red) that are celebrated throughout Bali, where schools, banks and offices will be closed.

Date:
Occasion: Comments:

January 2008

 
1
New Year's Day  
3
Kajeng Kliwon  
6
Siwa Latri
People - mainly youth - stay up all night to meditate about Siva, asking forgiveness of past sins
7
New Moon (Tilem)  
10
Tahun Baru Hijriyah Islamic New Year
17
Sugian Jawa Cleansing rituals in the lead-up to Galungan
18
Sugian Bali / Kajeng Kliwon
Sugian Bali is a day of introspection in the lead-up to Galungan
22
Penampahan Galungan / Full Moon (Purnama) The day before Galungan
23
Galungan Island-wide festival
24
Umanis Galungan The day after Galungan

February 2008

 
2
Kuningan / Kajeng Kliwon
Island-wide festival
6
New Moon (Tilem)  
7
Chinese New Year
 
17
Kajeng Kliwon  
21
Full Moon (Purnama)  
27
Buda Kliwon Pahang /
Temple anniversary at Pura Suci in Bangkiang Sidem (Odalan)
Buda Kliwon Pahang is the end of Galungan period marked by the taking down of the penjor (bamboo poles)

March 2008

 
3
Kajeng Kliwon  
6
New Moon (Tilem) The eve of Nyepi, when an island-wide exorcism is held in the evening
7
Nyepi Balinese New Year
8
Ngembak Geni / Tumpek Kruluk Day after New Year when people visit friends and relatives / Special day to play the music of the gamelan
12
Buda Cemeng Merakih A day people like to clear any shopping debts they might hold
18
Temple anniversary at Pura Dalem in Bangkiang Sidem (Odalan) / Kajeng Kliwon  
20
Mohammed's Birthday Muslim holiday

21

Good Friday / Full Moon (Purnama) Christian holiday
23
Easter Sunday Christian holiday

April 2008

 
2
Kajeng Kliwon  
5
New Moon (Tilem)  
12
Tumpek Kandang Special day of thanks for the gift of livestock
17
Kajeng Kliwon  
20
Full Moon (Purnama)  

May 2008

 
1
Ascension Day
Christian holiday
2
Kajeng Kliwon  
4
New Moon (Tilem)  
17
Tumpek Wayang /
Kajeng Kliwon
Tumpek Wayang is a special day of thanks for the gift of Art
19
Full Moon (Purnama)  
20
Waisak Buddhist holiday
21
Buda Cemeng Klawu Special day for offerings in shops, banks, etc. where money is made/kept

June 2008

 
1

Kajeng Kliwon

 
3
New Moon (Tilem)  
7
Saraswati Special day of thanks for the gift of Knowledge
8
Banyupinaruh A day to make an early morning pilgrimage to rivers to bathe in holy springs for personal cleansing
11
Pagerwesi Special day for meditation to enhance balance in the world
17
Kajeng Kliwon  
18
Full Moon (Purnama)  
21
Tumpek Landep / Odalan Banjar Bankiang Sidem Tumpek Landep is a special day of thanks for the gift of metal. Odalan (anniversary ceremony) for the village council hall in Bangkiang Sidem.

July 2008

 
1
Kajeng Kliwon  
2
New Moon (Tilem)  
16
Kajeng Kliwon  
17
Full Moon (Purnama)  
26
Tumpek Uduh Special day of thanks for the gift of fruit-bearing plants
30
Isra Mi'Raj Nabi Muhammad SAW Muslim holiday
31
Kajeng Kliwon  

August 2008

 
1
New Moon (Tilem)  
14
Sugian Jawa Cleansing rituals in the lead-up to Galungan
15
Sugian Bali / Kajeng Kliwon
Sugian Bali is a day of introspection in the lead-up to Galungan
16
Full Moon (Purnama)  
17
Indonesian Independence Day
A public holiday throughout Indonesia
18
Indonesian Independence Day Public Holiday
A public holiday throughout Indonesia
19
Penampahan Galungan The day before Galungan
20
Galungan Island-wide festival
21
Umanis Galungan The day after Galungan
30
Kuningan / Kajeng Kliwon
Island-wide festival
31
New Moon (Tilem)  

September 2008

 
2
1Ramadan Beginning of fasting month for Muslims
14
Full Moon (Purnama) / Kajeng Kliwon
 
24
Buda Kliwon Pahang /
Temple anniversary at Pura Suci in Bangkiang Sidem (Odalan)
Buda Kliwon Pahang is the end of Galungan period marked by the taking down of the penjor (bamboo poles)
29
New Moon (Tilem) / Kajeng Kliwon  

October 2008

 
1-2
Idul Fitri Muslim festival to end fasting month
4
Tumpek Kruluk Special day to play the music of the gamelan
8
Buda Cemeng Merakih A day people like to clear any shopping debts they might hold
14
Full Moon (Purnama) / Temple anniversary at Pura Dalem in Bangkiang Sidem (Odalan) / Kajeng Kliwon  
29
New Moon (Tilem) / Kajeng Kliwon  

November 2008

 
8
Tumpek Kandang Special day of thanks for the gift of livestock
12
Full Moon (Purnama)  
13
Kajeng Kliwon  
27
New Moon (Tilem)  
28
Kajeng Kliwon  

December 2008

 
8
Idul Adha Muslim holiday
12
Full Moon (Purnama)  
13
Tumpek Wayang /
Kajeng Kliwon
Tumpek Wayang is a special day of thanks for the gift of Art
17
Buda Cemeng Klawu Special day for offerings in shops, banks, etc. where money is made/kept
25
Christmas Day Christian holiday
27
New Moon (Tilem)  
28
Kajeng Kliwon  
29
Tahun Baru Hijriyah Islamic New Year
   

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