The latter part of the month of April packs in quite a few religious and cultural holidays, including Easter weekend, Balinese traditional holidays like Tumpek Wayang and ceremonies in Tenganan, Indonesia-wide holidays like Kartini day and the ever popular Ubud Food Festival. Get out your calendar and plan some exciting sorties.
Som Chai Fundraiser for Bali’s Children Foundation – 15 April
The Bali Children Foundation is hosting a delicious lunch at Som Chai restaurant to celebrate long-time Bali resident Warwick Purser and showcase his Equatorial Batik Collection. A share of the proceeds from ticket sales, fashion sales and other activities will be going to Bali Children Foundation for the Food for Thought scholarships program. Food for Thought was founded by Sarong Groups Will Meyrick, partnered with Métis, Indo Wines, The Alilia, Marriott Hotels, The Lovina and Saigon Street. The charity raises funds for hospitality scholarships for Bali’s disadvantaged youth and provides quality mentoring and experience in these high end properties.
When : Monday 15 April from 12 to 4 pm
Where : Jl. Raya Kerobokan No.86A Seminyak,
Contact : 0878-8866-1945
Ceremonies in Tenganan Pegringsingan – Tuesday 16 April
The ancient Bali Aga Village of Tenganan Pegringsingan close to Candidasa is a Balinese cultural hotbed where many traditional customs are celebrated that are quite different from the mainstream Balinese celebrations.
This month Tenganan is performing the Ceremony for the fourth month on the Tenganan Pegringsingan calendar. The festivities start at 06:00 am and go on all day until 09:00 pm. As usual, an Instagram favourite.
Films Galore at Betelnut and Europe on Screen – 16 to 30 April
Betelnut in Ubud packs its April schedule with 4 classic films while Europe on Screen (EOS) is planning to show great contemporary movies from several European countries in many venues across Indonesia, including Denpasar. At the time of writing, the film schedule and location was still a bit sketchy so best check www.europeonscreen.org or their Facebook page for more info.
In the meantime check out the following movies at Betelnut:
Tuesday 16 April – Icarus, a geopolitical thriller about doping in sports, and the exposure of the biggest scandal in sports history.
Wednesday 17 April – Sixteen Candles, one of the most iconic teen comedies of the 1980s.
Tuesday 23 April – Jeremiah Towers, a biopic documentary on one of the pioneers of California Cuisine produced by Anthony Bourdain.
Wednesday 24 April – It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, an off the charts romp of a classic comedy.
Movies start at 7.30 pm at Betelnut in Ubud. Buy 2 food vouchers @ IDR 30.000 as your entry ticket.
Hari Tumpek Wayang – Saturday 20 April
Tumpek Wayang is a traditional Balinese holiday and sacred festival, celebrated every 6 months. At this festival Balinese puppeteers will perform purification rites (ruwatan) to purify their bodies both physically and mentally. It is an important ritual for the locals as it represents various transitions on the traditional calendar and is a connection between the following days: Saniscara, Kajeng, Kilown and Wayang. It is also the day that marks the birth of the Lord Kala. Following the purification rites, different temples will stage a signature puppet show called ‘Sapuh Leger’. It’ a great way to learn about local culture. Be sure to wear ‘temple’ dress when you attend. Ask in your local village for more information.
Kartini Day – Sunday 21 April
Kartini Day is one of the most recognised Indonesian holidays celebrated in memory of Ajeng Kartini’s birth, a national heroine honoured for her efforts in fighting for women’s rights. Kartini was born to a noble Javanese family in Dutch colonial times and was exposed to ideals from the western world at a very early age. Growing up, she was prohibited from getting an education because of her family’s nobility as well as age-old traditions. This led her to highlight the plight of locals suffering under the Dutch masters as well as the challenges faced by Indonesian women. It also birthed her desire to fight for women’s right to education in Indonesia. Even though she died in her prime at just 25 years, her efforts did not go unnoticed. Hailed as the country’s first feminist, Kartini is the symbol of women’s strength in a world that is fraught with gender inequality and the suppression of women’s rights.
MEN-torship Mondays at Nirvana – Every Monday
This Men-Only meeting is a weekly gathering to help men be the best men they can be as husband, father, lover, friend. Through group discussions, sharing of stories, growth presentations, and camaraderie, it is a mutual mentorship program to learn from one another’s wisdom and life experiences. Mentorship is a way to honor and share the knowledge and learnings of individuals to provide other men with exposure to their specific know-how and experiences. No gurus. No ‘know it alls’. No bullshit. Only authentic men helping other men be the best versions of themselves for themselves and those they care for. Spaces are limited.
When : Every Monday at 6pm for Registration and Networking; 6.30pm Dinner and Discussion Start
Where : Nirvana Strength Bali, Jl. Pantai Berawa No.8, Canggu
Cost : 100,000 IDR includes a dinner and quality discussion
Contact : 0813-6231-5149
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Ubud Food Festival (UFF) – 26 to 28 April
The Ubud Food Festival is a three-day event that will rock your taste buds with a huge variety of Balinese and international cuisines. Workshops & Cooking Classes with some of the best chefs on the island are offered along with culinary talks, cooking demonstrations, food forums, food tours and more. The UFF is held primarily at Taman Kuliner on Jl. Raya Sanggingan in Ubud with a number of events taking place at venues across other parts of Ubud. Tickets can be bought on the day or online in advance. Check out the schedule at www.Ubudfoodfestival.com
By Ines Wynn
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