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Nikko Bali News - November 2009
 

A FUN DAY OUT AT NIKKO BALI RESORT AND SPA WITH NIKKO AND I

fun day with nikko & I

As a token of gratitude and appreciation towards our partners, and to celebrate the joy and amazing world of children, Nikko Bali Resort and Spa will hold a fun day- out event for “Nikko and I” on Sunday, November 15th, 2009.

This event will feature interactive games and activities based on different age groups by a professional team that will take place mainly at the Graha Sawangan Ballroom. Ranging from simple entertainment of balloon animals to a fun interactive treasure hunt around the resort; this will take the children on a mini-tour around the grounds to find hidden clues and road blocks at each checkpoint.

Closing of the event will be highlighted by a special musical performance by the children from Purwacaraka Music School and the comedy magic show; (a father-daughter duo, Uya Kuya and Cinta Kuya). Uya and Cinta have their own magic show at one of the private TV stations, showcasing their funny and amazing magic tricks.

A special treat of various delicious food will be featured at the event along with great merchandise of the “Nikko and I” program; including colorful t-shirts and the Jungle Camp mascot doll, Mokoh the elephant. A truly fun day-out with “Nikko and I” only at Nikko Bali Resort and Spa. Why choose the ordinary?



“KAMPOENG BALI” A DEDICATION TO TRADITION AT NIKKO BALI RESORT AND SPA

Kampoeng Bali

Someone once said “you have never actually visited a place unless you’ve ‘lived’ it”. Although it might seem vague hearing it, it actually makes sense. For some, Bali is all about the beaches, the hip restaurants and party scenes; the truth is they’ve been missing out on the real Bali, that offers so much more through its unique art, culture and tradition. more…

Continuing the mission of preserving the cultural heritage of Indonesia and especially Bali, Nikko Bali Resort and Spa will hold another tribute event; the launching of “Kampoeng Bali” on November 9, 2009. Taking place at the Beachfront Garden, guests will have the opportunity to know Bali through a variety of activities such as traditional decoration making, fruit carving, Balinese dance lessons to traditional Balinese games for the children.

In the afternoon, guests will have the leisure of savoring traditional Balinese snacks and tropical drinks, followed by a cultural performance with dinner at the Kupu Kupu Amphitheater.

Involving the talents and craftsmanship of all Nikko staff, this activity is but one in a series of events for the resort in 2009; follows the Cultural Appreciation Nights in August, a dedication to Batik in October and the regular dance performances.



ODALAN – THE TEMPLE CEREMONY

Every temple and shrine has a special date for its annual Ceremony, or "Odalan", every 210 days according to Balinese calendar, including the smaller ancestral shrine which each family has at their homes.

The dedication or inauguration day of a temple is considered as its birthday and the celebration always takes place on the same day as the Wuku or 210 day anniversary. When the new moon is used, the celebration will be on the day of the new moon or full moon. The celebration day can differ based on the religious celebration of the temple; it can last from one full day up to three days, while the celebration of Besakih temple, the mother temple, is never less than 7 days. Most of the time it lasts for up to 11 days, depending on the importance of the occasion.

The celebration is very lively. The shrines are dressed with pieces of clothing and sometimes with brocades, sarongs and decorations of carved wood. Sometimes gold and Chinese coins are also used, very beautifully arranged, and hung in the four corners of the shrine. Red, white or black umbrellas are placed in front of the temple, depending on which Gods are worshipped in the shrines.

In front of important shrines, tridents and other weapons, "umbul-umbul" (long flags) are used for decorations as well as the prerogatives or attributes of Holiness. "Penjor" or long bamboo poles, decorated beautifully with ornaments of young coconut leaves, rice and other products of the land, are placed at the front of the temple’s gate. The most beautiful thing to see will be the girls in their colorful attires, carrying offerings; arrangements of all kinds of fruits and colored cakes, to the temple. It’s a magnificent sight of how gracious their movements are, even with the heavy load they carry on their heads.

The offerings can be as high as the carriers. These offerings are put in front of the shrine wherever the owners wish to make the prayers. A priest officiates the ceremony and after he has recited his prayers he will sprinkle holy water on the offerings and the people, blessing them.



IDUL ADHA – NOVEMBER 27th

"Festival of Sacrifice" or "Greater Eid" is a Muslim Holiday celebrated by Muslims (including the Druze) worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismael as an act of obedience to God.
Eid al-Adha is the latter of two Eid festivals celebrated by Muslims, whose basis comes from the Quran. (Muslims who belong to the Shi'ite branch of Islam celebrate a third Eid.) Like Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha begins with a short prayer followed by a sermon (khutba).

Eid al-Adha annually falls on the 10th day of the month of Dhul Hijja of the lunar Islamic calendar. The festivities last for three days or more depending on the country. Eid al-Adha occurs the day after the pilgrims conducting Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia by Muslims worldwide, descend from Mount Arafat. It happens to be approximately 70 days after the end of the month of Ramadan.




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