a closer look at pagerwesi holy day in bali

Every Hindu’s religious ceremony in Bali has a foundation of good days of implementation commonly called Wariga, as well as the foundation of the intended manifestation of the god Ida Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa. Through this religious foundation and basis, the implementation of Hinduism in Bali is very diverse, one of which is the Pagerwesi holy day. Pagerwesi is one of the important holy day for Hindus in Bali. The name “Pagerwesi” comes from the word “pager” which means fence and “wesi” which means iron, which literally means iron fence. This day is interpreted as a time to strengthen our self with knowledge and wisdom, and also to ask for protection from Sang Hyang Pramesti Guru, the manifestation of Lord Shiva. The celebration of Pagerwesi Day is held on Budha (Wednesday) Kliwon Wuku Shinta, once every 210 days. This celebration is close to Saraswati Day, which is also related to knowledge. The celebration of Pagerwesi begins with making offerings and pray at the sanggah (family praying place), then to the extended family temple and the village temple. However, some areas in Bali celebrate Pagerwesi with different customs. One of them is in Buleleng with a scale like Galungan Day celebration and carrying out the Munjung tradition (pilgrimage to the setra (grave) of relatives). In daily life, the meaning of Pagerwesi Day can be applied as follows: 1.         Self-Protection: like a strong iron fence, we are reminded to always guard ourselves with knowledge and wisdom to avoid negative influences. 2.         Reflection and Meditation: this day is also a moment for self-reflection and meditation, strengthening faith and spirituality. 3.         Purity and Wisdom: through this celebration, Hindus ask for purity and wisdom that will guide them in their daily lives. 4.         Harmony and Prosperity: Pagerwesi teaches the importance of maintaining harmony in life and striving to achieve shared prosperity. By understanding and applying these values, Pagerwesi is not only a ritual celebration, but also provides guidance for a better and more meaningful life every day.

saraswati day: honoring the goddess of knowledge in bali

Saraswati Day is one of the significant a holy day for Hindus in Bali. This celebration holds special meaning, particularly for those involved in the field of education such as students, teachers, lecturers, and other knowledge workers. In Hindu teachings, Saraswati Day is considered the day when sacred knowledge descends, believed to bring prosperity, progress, and increased understanding for humanity. Meaning and Celebration Saraswati Day is observed every six months on Saniscara (Saturday) Umanis Wuku Watugunung. On this day, Balinese Hindus celebrate with various special ceremonies and rituals. In schools, teachers and students prepare for worship ceremonies. They also perform prayers in temples, homes, and offices. Books, palm leaf manuscripts, and writing tools are placed in a special location for ceremonial offerings, symbolizing respect for the Goddess Saraswati. Goddess Saraswati in Legend In Hindu legend, Saraswati is depicted as the Goddess or wife of the God Brahma. She is the protector and bestower of knowledge, consciousness (widya), and literature. Thanks to the blessings of Goddess Saraswati, humans become knowledgeable, cultured, and civilized. Saraswati is often portrayed as a goddess sitting on a lotus flower, riding a swan (hamsa) or peacock. She has four arms holding a sitar or veena and a gayatri in her right hands, while her left hands hold a manuscript or book and play the veena. Rituals and Traditions On Saraswati Day, worship of Goddess Saraswati is performed only in the morning and afternoon, according to the Sundarigama manuscript. After ceremonies in schools, devotees continue their prayers in various places. This ritual underscores the importance of knowledge in daily life as a moral and spiritual foundation. Banyupinaruh: Continuing the Celebration The Saraswati Day celebration continues with Banyupinaruh, which falls on the following Sunday, during the wuku Sinta. Banyupinaruh marks the beginning of a new pawukon in the Balinese calendar. On this day, Balinese Hindus seek water sources such as the sea, campuhan (the confluence of fresh and sea water), or other water sources to perform Pengelukatan (melukat). This ritual involves cleansing oneself with water, symbolizing the purification of the soul with knowledge. Saraswati Day is not just a religious celebration but also a tribute to knowledge and education. Through this observance, Balinese Hindus express gratitude and appreciation for the gift of knowledge bestowed by Goddess Saraswati. Thus, Saraswati Day becomes an important moment for reflection and strengthening the commitment to the development of knowledge and culture.

bali arts festival 2024: embracing the theme "jana kerthi" preserving the nation's cultural heritage

The Bali Arts Festival (Pesta Kesenian Bali or PKB) returns in June 15 until July 13 2024 with the theme "Jana Kerthi," which means "Glorifying the Ocean." This theme aims to elevate and preserve the values of the nation's cultural heritage through various forms of art and tradition. This event is not only a showcase of artistic performances but also a tangible effort to honor and sustain ancestral heritage. "Jana Kerthi" is derived from Sanskrit, where "Jana" means human and "Kerthi" means sanctity or glory. Thus, "Jana Kerthi" can be interpreted as the glory of humanity. This theme was chosen to emphasize the importance of maintaining human values and harmony between people and nature, as well as among themselves. Events and Performances PKB 2024 will feature a variety of programs and activities that reflect the theme "Jana Kerthi." Some of the main activities include: 1.    Opening Parade: Featuring various traditional arts from all districts in Bali, this parade will be a spectacular opening event. Participants will wear traditional costumes and carry cultural symbols that reflect the event's theme. 2.    Art and Craft Exhibition: Showcasing artworks and handicrafts by local artists, this exhibition aims to introduce and promote Bali's rich arts and culture to a broader audience. 3.    Traditional Art Performances: Various traditional art performances such as dance, music, and dance dramas will be held throughout the event. These performances will feature classical Balinese arts rich in philosophical and aesthetic meanings. 4.    Workshops and Discussions: Bringing together experts and art practitioners to share knowledge and experiences on cultural preservation. These workshops are expected to raise awareness and participation among the younger generation in preserving cultural heritage. 5.    Art Competitions: Various art competitions such as dance, painting, and sculpture will be held to encourage creativity and innovation among young artists. These competitions also serve as a platform to appreciate artworks that embody the theme "Jana Kerthi."   Impact and Expectations PKB 2024 is expected to have a positive impact on the preservation of Balinese culture. With the theme "Jana Kerthi," this event reminds us of the importance of maintaining human values in all aspects of life. Moreover, PKB serves as a means to strengthen cultural identity and foster pride in ancestral heritage. Furthermore, PKB 2024 is expected to attract local and international tourists, thereby contributing to the regional economy. Through this event, Bali can showcase its rich cultural heritage while reinforcing its position as a premier cultural tourism destination. PKB 2024 with the theme "Jana Kerthi" is not merely an artistic showcase but also a tangible commitment of the Balinese people to preserving cultural heritage. Through various activities, this event invites all of us to reflect on and appreciate noble human values. Hopefully, PKB 2024 will serve as a momentum to strengthen cultural identity and pass on these values to future generations.    

"bali has achieved the top spot for the best island destination in 2024."

Bali has once again clinched the prestigious title of the best island destination in 2024, marking another remarkable achievement on the global stage. Renowned for its breathtaking natural landscapes, rich cultural tapestry, and warm hospitality, Bali continues to captivate travelers from around the world. Expressing his pride in Bali's accomplishment, Sandiaga Uno, the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, emphasized that this accolade reaffirms the island's status as a leading destination in the hearts and minds of tourists. He noted, "This award is further evidence that Bali remains a top-tier destination that travelers simply cannot afford to miss." Offering an array of activities, from basking on idyllic beaches to exploring ancient temples and savoring delicious local cuisine, Bali caters to diverse interests and preferences. With accommodation options ranging from luxurious hotels to secluded villas, visitors can find lodging that suits their needs and budgets. Bali's top ranking in the DestinAsian Readers' Choice Awards underscores its enduring appeal among travelers. Voted for by dedicated readers of DestinAsian magazine, a respected publication in the Asia Pacific region, this recognition highlights Bali's captivating beauty, vibrant culture, and welcoming atmosphere. With its unparalleled charm and cultural richness, Bali stands out as a premier destination for travelers seeking unforgettable experiences. Whether it's a romantic retreat, a family vacation, or a solo adventure, Bali promises a journey filled with unparalleled wonders and cherished memories.

bali is ready to welcome delegates of the 10th world water forum 2024

Bali will host the 10th World Water Forum (WWF) in 2024, an international event focusing on global water issues. With meticulous preparations, Bali is ready to welcome thousands of delegates from around the world.   Theme and Objectives The 10th WWF carries the theme "Water for Shared Prosperity," highlighting the importance of water as a vital resource for common welfare. The forum aims to: 1. Raise Awareness and Commitment: Increase global awareness of water challenges and foster collective commitment to sustainable solutions. 2. *International Collaboration: Promote cooperation between countries, sectors, and communities in water management. 3. *Innovation and Technology: Introduce and promote the latest innovations and technologies in water management. 4. *Policy Solutions: Discuss and formulate strategic policies that can be implemented in various countries to address water crises. Agenda and Activities The forum will feature various activities, including: - Plenary Sessions and Thematic Discussions: In-depth discussions on water issues such as water resource conservation, waste management, clean water access, and sanitation. - Technology Exhibitions: Showcasing innovative technologies and solutions from various companies and institutions in the water sector. - Workshops and Training: Educational and training sessions aimed at enhancing participants' capacities in water management. - Youth and Community Forums: Facilitating the participation of youth and local communities in seeking sustainable water solutions.   Indonesia's Role As the host, Indonesia plays a strategic role in strengthening regional and global cooperation in the water sector. The Indonesian government hopes that through this forum, various local and global water issues can be addressed more effectively, promoting sustainable and environmentally-friendly economic growth. Expectations and Impact The 10th WWF in Bali is expected to produce concrete agreements and initiatives with long-term impacts on global water management. The forum is also expected to: - Strengthen Water Diplomacy: Enhance diplomatic relations between participating countries through closer cooperation in the water sector. - Capacity Building: Improve stakeholders' capacity in managing water resources more effectively. - Public Awareness: Raise global public awareness of the importance of water conservation and sustainable management. With a variety of activities and broad participation from around the world, the 10th WWF in Bali is anticipated to be a turning point in global efforts to ensure clean and safe water for everyone. Bali, with its natural beauty and rich culture, will witness the world's commitment to a better water future. Bali’s Preparation as Host As an international tourist destination, Bali is preparing all facilities and infrastructure to host this major event. 1. Infrastructure Improvement: The local government of Bali, along with the central government, is enhancing infrastructure, including road repairs, increasing the capacity of Ngurah Rai International Airport, and developing public transportation facilities. 2. Conference Facilities: Bali International Convention Centre (BICC) will be the main venue for the 10th WWF, equipped with advanced technology and conference rooms that can accommodate thousands of participants. 3. Accommodation and Services: Various accommodation options from five-star hotels to homestays are being prepared to ensure adequate room availability and high-quality services for delegates. Supporting services such as restaurants, cafes, shopping centers, and transportation have also been prepared. 4. Security and Health: Strict health protocols will be implemented, including the provision of COVID-19 testing facilities, vaccinations, and emergency medical services. Delegates' security will be ensured with increased patrols and surveillance. 5. Promotion and Community Participation: International promotion is actively conducted to attract global participation. Local community involvement is encouraged through training and socialization about the importance of the 10th WWF for Bali. 6. Economic and Environmental Impact: The presence of thousands of participants will have a direct economic impact, increasing revenue for the local tourism industry. The 10th WWF also brings an important message about water conservation and sustainable tourism, aligning with Bali's efforts to develop more environmentally friendly tourism. With thorough preparations and strong commitment from various parties, Bali is ready to host the 10th WWF, showcasing its capabilities and beauty to the world while contributing to global solutions for water issues.

indonesian minister of tourism and creative economy and head of bali tourism office join forces for environmental conservation through mangrove tree planting

Tourism is not just about enjoying the beauty of nature but also about protecting and preserving it for future generations. Recently, the Indonesian Minister of Tourism, along with the Head of the Bali Tourism Office, took concrete steps in environmental conservation by participating in mangrove tree planting activities in the coastal areas of Bali. This activity is part of the government's commitment to maintaining environmental sustainability, aligning with global efforts to protect coastal and mangrove ecosystems that are increasingly vulnerable to climate change and human activities. Mangroves, with their strong root systems and ability to withstand coastal erosion, provide habitat for various flora and fauna species and play a crucial role in maintaining the balance of marine ecosystems and protecting coastal areas from natural disasters such as floods and storms. In this mangrove tree planting event, the Minister of Tourism and the Head of the Bali Tourism Office actively participated in the planting process. They also invited local communities, tourism stakeholders, and volunteers to join the activity, demonstrating collective awareness and commitment to environmental preservation. This activity not only symbolizes the government's concern for the environment but also serves as a momentum to raise awareness about the importance of environmental conservation, especially among those in the tourism sector. By strengthening the relationship between tourism and environmental conservation, it is hoped that sustainable and responsible tourism development patterns can be created. In addition to its ecological benefits, mangrove tree planting activities also have positive social impacts, such as creating job opportunities for local communities, increasing environmental awareness, and strengthening a sense of community in protecting the shared living environment. With continued efforts like this, it is hoped that Bali can maintain its unique natural beauty and serve as an example for other tourism destinations in implementing sustainable development principles. We all have a role to play in preserving the environment, and concrete steps like mangrove tree planting are significant initial steps towards a better future for our planet.

monitoring and levy collection on foreign tourists at goa gajah, gianyar: efforts in preserving bali's culture and nature

The Bali Provincial Government, through the Department of Tourism, once again conducted monitoring and checks on the collection of fees from foreign tourists at one of Bali's tourism icons, Goa Gajah, Gianyar. The levy of Rp150,000 per person not only aims to optimize revenue but also to support the preservation of Bali's culture and nature. In the latest monitoring conducted at Goa Gajah, most foreign tourists have paid the Foreign Tourist Levy. However, some cases were found where some tourists have not complied with this obligation. According to the Head of the Bali Provincial Tourism Department, Tjok Bagus Pemayun, since its implementation, the number of foreign tourists who have paid the Foreign Tourist Levy has reached 425,011 people, with a total revenue of over Rp67 billion. Goa Gajah was chosen as one of the monitoring points due to its high popularity among foreign tourists. This levy not only provides financial benefits but also directly contributes to regional income. On average, 5-6 thousand foreign tourists pay the Foreign Tourist Levy daily, which then becomes an important contribution to the regional treasury. Furthermore, the Bali Provincial Government expects an increase in Foreign Tourist Levy in line with various international tourism agendas held in Bali, such as the World Water Forum (WWF) and Women Tourism Asia Pacific. In this regard, coordination with the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as the Indonesian Embassy, is crucial in socializing this obligation to foreign tourists. Even during the visa application process, tourists are reminded of the importance of paying the Foreign Tourist Levy before visiting Bali. All tourism stakeholders, including travel agencies, hotels, and tour guides, are asked to support this program by reminding tourists before they arrive in Bali. Checks will also continue to be carried out at various points, including airports and tourist attractions, to ensure tourist compliance. The Head of the Destination Department of the Gianyar Tourism Office, I Gusti Ngurah Susatia Putera, stated that tourist visits to Goa Gajah reach 1000 people per day, with the majority coming from Europe. Although experiencing a decline during the low season, tourist visits have begun to return to normal, especially due to European tourists' interest in enjoying Bali's cultural richness. With regular monitoring and levy collection, it is hoped that Bali's tourism will continue to be a source of pride and provide sustainable benefits to the local community and the environment.

following up on the foreign tourist levy regulation, the bali government tourism office conducts monitoring at the uluwatu tourist destination.

In response to Bali Provincial Regulation Number 6 of 2023 Regarding Levies for Foreign Tourists for the Protection of Balinese Culture and Environment and Bali Governor Regulation Number 2 of 2024 Regarding Procedures for Payment of Levies for Foreign Tourists, the Bali Government Tourism Office conducted monitoring of tourists at the Uluwatu Tourist Attraction in Badung on Tuesday (3/26) afternoon. Tjok Bagus Pemayun, the Head of the Bali Government Tourism Office who directly led this monitoring, stated that this activity is part of both monitoring and socialization regarding the levy program for foreign tourists, which has been in effect since February 14, 2024. Such monitoring will be routinely carried out in tourist destinations. According to him, there are still foreign tourists who are unaware of the foreign tourist levy policy.   "In terms of regulation, monitoring or checking of levy vouchers is not only conducted at airports but also implemented in tourist destinations, accommodations, and other places visited by foreign tourists. Not all foreign tourists are aware that Bali has implemented this foreign tourist levy. We realize that the socialization efforts we have made so far have been insufficient, and we will intensify our socialization activities by disseminating information about this Foreign Tourist Levy on social media and collaborating with tourism stakeholders to help spread the information about Foreign Tourist Levy to their guests and clients" he explained.   For this reason, Tjok Pemayun admitted that the Bali provincial tourism office would continue to socialize, the response of foreign tourists was considered very good to this foreign tourist levy policy. "They welcome this policy, but it must be transparent and its use must be clear. We have conveyed that it will be used for environmental conservation and the strengthening of Balinese culture," he added. Meanwhile, Chairman of the Indonesian Recreation Park Business Association (PUTRI) I Gusti Ayu Agung Inda Trimafo Yudha also welcomed the foreign tourist levy policy. She said, she was ready to support and succeed the policy which she said was very good. “We welcome this policy and are ready to help the government, especially to assist the levy officers in carrying out their duties in the field. We must provide good services and explanations to tourists, do not let them be uncomfortable, we hope that the funds collected can also be used for the tourism sector in addition to the environment and culture,” She said. Chairman of the Bali Tourism Industry Association (GIPI) Ida Bagus Agung Parta Adnyana also said that he would continue to oversee the foreign tourist levy policy so as not to cause new problems in the tourism industry in the future. “We will definitely continue to guard, not to cause new problems in the tourism industry. The funds that have been collected at this time may be used immediately. Of course, I hope that the funds that have entered can also be returned for the tourism sector,” explained Gus Agung, the nickname of this Sanur tourism figure. Also present on this occasion were, the Manager of Tourist destination Management of the Outer Area of Uluwatu temple, Wayan Wijana Manager, Civil Service Police Unit of Bali Province, Civil Service Police Unit of Badung Regency, Indonesian Tourist Association (HPI) Bali, Association of The Indonesian Tours And Travel Agencies (ASITA) Bali.

starting at the end of march the bali provincial government holds inspection of tourist levy in tourism destinations.

The Bali Provincial Government is observing  and monitoring the Foreign Tourist Levy payment amount of IDR 150,000 since the policy started on 14th February, 2024. The policy is implemented according to the The Regulation of Bali Provincial Government Number 6 of 2023 on the Foreign Tourists Levy for the Protection of Bali Culture and Natural Environment.    The observation and monitoring initiative takes place on March 26, 2024, in popular tourist destinations in Bali such as Uluwatu, Tanah Lot, Ulun Danu Beratan, and Tampaksiring. The Bali Government Tourism Office along with the Tourism Police of Bali Provincial Government, Bali Tourism Board, ASITA (Association of The Indonesian Tours and Travel Agencies) Bali and Bali Guide Association will actively collaborate to visit the tourist attractions. The observations and monitoring initiative is performed by asking foreign tourists on their obligations to the regulations yet to inform the foreign tourist by completing the registration online through the official website https://lovebali.baliprov.go.id.    The Head of the Bali Provincial Tourism Office, Tjok Bagus Pemayun, clarified that the observation and monitoring  initiative aims to spread the information on foreign tourists levy implementation.    "We are conducting an observation and monitoring initiative, to spread the information about the foreign tourist levy in tourist attractions since the policy is quite new to be implemented in Bali," he stated. It has been reported that only 40 percent of foreign tourists arriving in Bali have made payments for the tourist levy. "Since the implementation of the Foreign Tourist Levy, an average of 5,000 foreign tourists have been paying per day," he remarked.   The tourist levy observation and monitoring initiative will be held at least twice a month, as an effort to introduce this new policy to foreign tourists in Bali. The initiative will be conducted at the gate of tourism destinations to avoid the possibility of tourists inconvenience during their stay in Bali.


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Love Bali Application as the Implementation of Bali Province Regional Regulation Number 6 of 2023 concerning Levy for Foreign Tourists for the Protection of Balinese Culture and Natural Environment.