Balinese ladies taking food and flower offerings to a temple.
Festivals are not exactly a daily event in Bali, but cremations are both frequent and happy occasions and afterwards the deceased's ashes will be ceremonially scattered on the sea, returning the body to its fundamental elements and achieving complete separation from the soul which can then transcend to a better place, before reincarnation..
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A cremation in Ubud. The body is inside the 'lion' and burning will purify and free the soul from its bonds with earth.
The burning man, Balinese-style.
A back street of Ubud being used as a construction base for a festival platform.
Kids heading out to participate in one of the local festivals in Ubud.
A traditional gamelan band/orchestra playing the usual crashing, discordant music associated with Balinese festivals.
'Asian music sounds as if a truck full of wind chimes collided with a stack of empty oil drums during a birdcall contest.'
O'Rourke, P.J. All the trouble in the world. (Picador)
Bali Kite Festival, Padang Galak, Sanur Beach. Next, Bali Sights.
Padang Galak Kite Festival is a traditional event held annually on Sanur Beach, south-east Bali, in July. The idea is to signal to Hindu gods, requesting their help in delivering good harvests.
The massive kites (up to 10 metres long and 4 m wide) are quite unstable and require team control. Contestants are mostly teams from Denpasar villages. Bali Beaches.