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The Magic, Spirit and Color of Balinese Festivals

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Another day. Another festival. With more than 20,000 temples on this Indonesian island of nearly 4 million people, every day is a holiday. I came here for the first time 18 years ago and my experience was awe-inspiring. From Tumpek Landep, a grand celebration of various objects, to ritualistic cremation ceremonies and traditional village odalans, no place on earth celebrates collective effervescence more frequently than Bali. I've returned a dozen times and think of it as my second home.
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Jl. Raya Singapadu, Singapadu Kaler, Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
For every Hindu in Bali, the tooth-filing ceremony (potong gigi in Indonesian or mesangih or mepandes in Balinese) is a rite of passage for teenagers, one of several coming-of-age ceremonies. The filing down of the canine teeth is...
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South East Asia
A Balinese cremation ceremony includes a grand procession with a gamelan orchestra, a tower holding the remains, and a sarcophagus, usually in the shape of a bull. The bull is opened to insert the remains of the body plus gifts from the family,...
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Jl. Surapati, Tua, Marga, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 80116, Indonesia
The sun's gift to the island of Bali (Island of the God's and Devotion) for Valentine's Day...my eyes will never forget.