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Raffles Bali - Full Moon Celebrations in Bali, A Cultural and Spiritual Experience
March 29th 2023

Full Moon Celebrations in Bali, A Cultural and Spiritual Experience

Bali, the island of the gods, is a place steeped in ancient traditions and rich cultural heritage. One of the most celebrated events on the Balinese calendar is the full moon ceremony, which takes place every month.

As the sun sets over the island, the Balinese people prepare for the full moon ceremony. Women dress in their finest kebayas, while men don their traditional sarongs. The air is filled with the aroma of incense, as offerings of flowers and rice are prepared for the gods.

The ceremony takes place at the local temple, which is decorated with intricate carvings and adorned with colourful banners. The sound of gamelan music fills the air as the Balinese people gather to pay homage to their Gods.

As the moon rises high in the sky, the priest begins the ceremony with a prayer, followed by a series of offerings to the Gods. The offerings, known as Canang Sari, are beautifully crafted and symbolize gratitude and respect.

The Balinese people then begin the traditional dance known as the Kecak dance. Dancers dressed in elaborate costumes move in a circle, chanting “chak-a-chak-a-chak” as they perform intricate movements with their hands.

As the night wears on, the atmosphere becomes more intense. The Balinese people believe that during the full moon, the spirits of their ancestors return to the island. They light candles and incense to guide them home and offer prayers for their blessings and guidance.

The full moon ceremony in Bali is not just a religious event; it’s a celebration of life and culture. It’s a time for the Balinese people to come together as a community, to honour their Gods and to express their gratitude for all that they have been given.

As the ceremony draws to a close, the Balinese people make their way home, feeling a deep sense of connection with their gods and their community. The full moon ceremony in Bali is a testament to the rich culture and traditions of this beautiful island, and a reminder of the importance of staying connected to our roots and our beliefs.

Immerse yourself in the captivating full moon celebrations during your stay at Raffles Bali. This enchanting event is a hallmark of religious observance across the island. Don your elegant silk sarong and sash and follow the lively procession of locals through the resort’s lush grounds to the Resort Temple. Here, you’ll participate in the time-honored ritual of offering delicate flowers, fragrant incense, and sacred water as an expression of gratitude to the Hindu deities and the boundless universe.