- Visit Bali in time for Pagerwesi celebrations

October 29, 2011 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News
Pagerwesi, one of the most important events on the Hindu calendar, will be celebrated in Bali towards the end of next month.
The religious celebration is an opportunity for worshippers to remember their ancestors and symbolises putting barriers up against evil, with the name literally translating as "iron fence".
Particularly popular in north Bali, Pagerwesi sees residents hoist penjors - tall and extravagantly decorated bamboo poles - outside their homes and lay down fruit and dead flowers as offerings to the gods.
Extravagant feasts are held, with attendees dining on chicken and pork, while masked dances are performed to the sound of the gamelan, a traditional Indonesian musical group that comprises bamboo flutes, gongs, drums and xylophones.
The event takes place every 210 days, as dictated by the Balinese lunar calendar, meaning the next celebration is set to occur on Wednesday November 23rd.
It heralds the start of the Galungan holiday, a period when Balinese gods are believed to visit the island and must be entertained.
Cultural tourists keen to holiday in the Indonesian resort at the time of the celebration will find offers a wide and varied selection of Bali hotels, including the Jayakarta Bali, set among 11 acres of landscaped gardens.

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