Indonesia and Bali Public Holidays

Bali is an island and a province of Indonesia. Some people get confuse as Bali is more famous than Indonesia. As a part of Indonesia, Bali is enjoying the Indonesia public holidays. Bali has its own public holiday also in addition of the Indonesian public holiday. It’s more likely to be Bali Important Days instead of public holidays. If you are more dealing with local balinese people, you should pay more attention to the bali important days also. This includes eating balinese food. They are mostly closed on bali important days but open on indonesia public holiday.

Indonesia Public Holidays are as follows:

January 1, 2013 New Year’s Day 2013
January 24, 2013 Birthday of the Prophet Mohammad SAW
February 10, 2013 Chinese New Year – Imlek 2564
March 12, 2013 Hari Nyepi Cakra 1935 (Bali Day of Silence)
March 29, 2013 Good Friday
May 9, 2013 Ascension Day of Jesus Christ into Heaven
May 25, 2013 Hari Raya Waisak 2557
June 6, 2013 Isra Mi’raj Prophet Mohammad SAW
August 5,6,7, 2013 Shared Holiday
August 8-9, 2013 Hari Raya Idul Fitri 1434H
August 17, 2013 Indonesian Independence Day
October 14, 2013 Shared Holiday
October 15, 2013 Idul Adha 1434 H
November 5, 2013 Islamic New Year 1435 H
December 25, 2013 Christmas Day
December 26, 2016 Shared Holiday

Bali Important Days / Public Holidays are as follows:

March 11-13, 2013 Hari Nyepi / Bali Day of Silence ceremonies
March 26-28, 2013 Galungan
April 6, 2013 Kuningan
August 10, 2013 Saraswati
August 14, 2013 Pagerwesi
Oktober 22-24, 2013 Galungan
November 2, 2013 Kuningan

Normally, on these dates, local balinese people will busy the ceremonies. Yes, only the local balinese people. Other local people, which are a lot from other part of indonesia, will work as usual. Tourist area won’t be affected.

New Year 2013 in Bali

New year is here againnn.. time pass really damn fast.. It’s always been confusing for me.. where to go.. will it be good.. nye only comes once each year.. I don’t want to ruin it.. So I’ll list some of nye parties in Bali to give better thought..

Waterboom Bali
Waterboom will have some concerts performance by MICHAEL FRANTI AND SPEARHEAD, NAHKO AND MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE, THE SOUL DOCTORS, JIM LARKIN AND THE SAUCY SOUL BAND.. from 7-2AM.. Price USD 35..
more info http://www.stayhumanstore.com/1000tickettofundraiserfortikahick.aspx

Skygarden
I know this place will be rocking.. will definitely be packed.. they have some overseas djs performing..
Price: 250K, 350K and 2.5M for table reserved..
More info go to http://www.61legian.com/component/content/article/285

Mint
This is the latest hottest club.. 100% fully packed.. bottles promo 10 – 12 PM from 700K.. go to https://www.facebook.com/mintbali for updates..

Potato Head Beach Club
Claiming would be the heaviest nye party tunes.. performing some international djs.. should be around 800K.. they haven’t post the event details on their web.. but should be around the same price as Kudeta..

Hard Rock Cafe will have one night in rio with sem thomasson..

Nammos will have A Nigh of Decadence and Hedonism with Bert Bevans.. 1M for couple inc 750ml F Vodka..

Akasaka Music Club will have Pirates of The Akasaka with some jakarta djs..
Eikon will have Sarah Robertson (Oz Dj former playboy bunny)..
Boshe will have DJ Winky.. 200K..
Pyramid will have12 hours party journey..
Cocoon will haveblack and white party with some performances..
Komune Beach club will have DJ Tony Montana – Ibiza with free entry.. http://www.komuneresorts.com/keramasbali/library/New-Year-Eve-FP6W.pdf
W will havelondon beats party from 4PM – 4AM..
Kudeta will have Diamons Are Forever… 800K – 900K tickets.. with DJ Danny Marquez – Space Ibiza
Club 27 will have Pool Party.. 200K – 250K..
District will have El Paradiso Del District with Remy Irwan and Ninda Felina..
Rooftop @ the101 will have Hawaii Party.. 250K..

Venues that can accomodate for huge number of people are Waterboom, Skygarden with their club dome and roof garden, Potato Head, Hard Rock Cafe, Nammos, Akasaka and Boshe. If you wanna see a lot of people.. there are the only choices. Waterboom will have concert instead of dance party, it’s not for me then.  I don’t really like the crowd in Hard Rock Cafe, Akasaka and Boshe, they are normally not party people. Nammos is just too far, and I believe they won’t have enough crowd to make it fun. It left me with Skygarden and Potato Head.

Skygarden is just like my normal saturday night with more crazier people of course.. but it’s a lot cheaper.. 2.5M if I go with 4 friends.. might order another 2 bottles + some snacks.. maximum end up 5M for 4 people.. Potato Head on the other hand, 800K (not sure) for entrance.. bottles at least 2M.. with some snacks.. easily get 10M.. About double.. but hey.. it’s new year eve.. I might go to Potato Head.. See you there guys!

Bali Holiday | Nyepi 2012

Nyepi probably the most unique and strange thing about Bali. It’s a holiday in Bali and Indonesia. Indonesia treats Nyepi is just like another holiday, but not in Bali. Nyepi is the first day of new year in balinese calendar. It’s a day (24 hours) of complete silence. I put a word complete because silence not only applied to your ears, it’s also applied to your eyes! You can see complete information of Nyepi in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nyepi.

I won’t go into details of what Nyepi is.. that information is everywhere.. just googling on it.. and the fact is i dont really know either.. haha.. Nyepi is on 23rd of March this year.. I’ll list what to expect on Nyepi if you are in Bali:

1. On 21st of March.. supermarkets will be full of people.. some foods will hardly to get.. you should prepare yourself before that.. buy some foods to survive in 1.5 days..

2. On 22nd.. shops, restaurants, department stores, supermarkets.. mostly all businesses in bali will be closed around noon time.. 1 or 2 PM..

3. The ogoh ogoh parade will start around 6 PM.. Get a bike or walk to the nearest big intersections.. they normally do some attractions in the intersections.. Ogoh-ogoh is statue that built from wood, paper etc.. It’s part of Nyepi ceremony.. search youtube for ogoh-ogoh to get the idea what it is.. this is cool.. you should see this if you happen to be in Bali on 22nd..

4. You won’t be able to go anywhere by car since 6 PM.. the street will be full of ogoh ogoh and people..

5. The parade normally finish by midnite..

6. On 23rd.. Nyepi day.. Nyepi will start at 6AM.. No one is allowed to go out.. even the airport will close!.. NO TV, Paid TV nor Local Radio!.. If you have free satelite tv or radio, lucky you!.. dont forget to get some series DVDs.. or a 2000 pages novel..

7. Evening.. no light.. no candles.. it has to be completely dark!.. you will be notified by the pecalang (security in the area) if you have light coming from your house..

8. On 24th.. 6AM.. Nyepi finish.. back to normal..

most points don’t apply if you stay in a big hotel.. Hotel is allowed to have some lights in the room.. Some hotels will have some channel on their TV… restaurant will be opened in the hotel.. they might close earlier though..

it’s really the best day when you want to have 12 hours sleep without any disruptions.. there wont be any sound of constructions, dance musics, concert, crowd playing guitar, people talking on the street, sound of cars.. etc etc..

only some people really do the nyepi ritual.. some choose to stay in hotel.. some choose to darken their home.. i used to do this when i was a kid.. i chose a room with less windows.. i closed those windows with cartons.. so it’s completely dark from outside.. brought the tv in.. and i spent the whole night there watching tv.. daytime was easy.. tv could still be on.. but now.. tv will be off.. gov rules.. hopefully gov wont turn the electricity off.. can’t understand why gov force people tolerance this far.. this topic is for another blog.. haha..

Bali NYE Party Welcoming 2012

You don’t have any ideas where to go in NYE? ME TOO! I used to go to 66 almost every year.. Now they closed and i kinda lost..

Below some brief info to help you decide..

Raveland Party
This will be the most happening party in Bali. Featuring No. 11 World DJ Aly and Fila. The party will be in Klapa Club (one of the finest club in Bali) at Pecatu, Bali from 12 PM to 8 AM. This is not 12 AM.. it’s 12 PM. You will see the sun set and rise in this top of Bali hill. What a party! Just wondering if it’s rain? FDC:550K. First choice!

Other alternatives:
Sky Garden & Ocean Beach Club
I think there will some special performances etc. Emily Scott will play some sets. Love her! FDC: 150K. Second choice!

EightyEightBali – Lost in Jungle – NYE Package » Sofa 4million (2btl Black JW+Free 10pax),Table 2million (1btl Black JW+Free 4pax) FDC 100k(incld.1st drink). Third Choice!

Huu Bar – One Night Academy with DJ Golddigger UK
Boshe Bali – Renaissance with DJ Riri Mestica & DJ Putri ID – FDC: 200K
Hard Rock Cafe Bali – Back to 90s – FDC: 350K
Potato Head Bali – Fireworks
Kudeta Bali – FDC:750K