The Balinese Cultural Parade

The Balinese Cultural Parade for Annual Meetings 2018

The Balinese Cultural Parade is a carnival procession that showcases the diversity, grandeur and majesty of Balinese culture. It is packaged in colossal performance works that are innovative, attractive and dynamic. In order to interpret and participate in enlivening the Annual Meeting 2018 in Bali, the parade theme is "The Life and Economy of Bali". Through this theme the Balinese want to convey to the world that Balinese human life cycle rites (rites of passages) range from birth to death which are always accompanied by an instinct to fulfill their lives as virtuous and moral economic beings.

This ethic of Balinese human life, encourages the establishment of a building of civilization in a peaceful life-span. The peace of life that is the desire of mankind, inherited, preserved, and developed in providing awareness of the importance of knitting harmonization between humans and the Creator, humans with fellow humans and humans with the natural environment.

Parade Composition

  • Purification(Pecaruan)Ritual
  • Ritual Dewa Yadnya
  • Birth Rituals
  • Ritual of Raja Sewala
  • Tooth-cutting ritual
  • Marriage Rituals
  • Death Ritual 

Purification (Pecaruan) Ritual
The earth and the universe must be glorified as a place for humanity and other God's creations to continue their lives. In Bali, the ceremony of respect and cleansing of nature and its environment was realized in the Bhuta Yadnya, one of which was in the procession of purification. There are five natural elements that are the target of cleansing this ritual, namely land, water, air, and vacuous (ether). This ceremony is carried out by offerings to Bhuta Kala as a symbol of life disturbance in the creepy personification. Various types of property complement this ceremony such as rerontek, kulkul, kepuakan, fire by dried coconut leaves. Mumbling chanting prayers and strings of chanting that continued together made the procession renewal like a performance art.

In this parade, the Bhuta Kala forces whose disturbing the tranquility of humans is treated to the offer of renewal and then driven out by the troops of the Gods to stay away and no longer bother humans. This ritual was accompanied by Gamelan Ketug Bumi, a large percussion ensemble with a grand character.


Ritual Dewa Yadnya
The grace and protection of Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa to mankind is grateful for so reverently by the Balinese people. Because on the Island of the Gods this offering to build harmony between humans and the Almighty God in its various manifestations is delivered on various occasions in the ritual called Dewa Yadnya

In this parade the offering ceremony to the gods was addressed to the "Dewi Sri Sedana" which is believed to be a Goddess of Prosperity for Balinese Hindus. The Dewa Yadnya ceremony was carried out in the form of performing arts with the attraction of Ogoh-Ogoh Dewi Sri Sedana accompanied by Rejang and Baris Gede dance, and enlivened ceremonies such as traditional umbrellas and banners, pieces of fruit and gebogan flowers. To enliven the ritual procession was accompanied by Balaganjur Gamelan.

Birth Rituals
Early milestones of Balinese human life and a certain age of the life are interpreted as a ritual of thanksgiving. There are many types of birth rituals performed by Balinese Hindus, namely, kepus pungsed (when the baby's pungsed (belly button) is released), Nyambutin (when the baby is 42 days old), nelu bulanin (when the baby is 105 days old), and otonan (when the baby is 210 days old).

In this parade, the ritual of Otonan is displayed when the baby is 210 days old. Otonan comes from the word "pawetuan", which is the anniversary of birth to say thanksgiving to the Almighty God because we were born as human beings. This ornamental is performed at decorative car that resembling a Balinese traditional eastern hall  Bale Dangin, accompanied by the Otonan ceremony, also featured children's games themed "Goak Ngalih Ikut". This birth ritual was accompanied by Gamelan Gong Suling and Kepuakan.

Ritual of Raja Sewala
The Hindu community in Bali prepares the youth of their young generation as a reliable human resource for a reliable and supreme life. Because of that, when a child has already become an adult, a ritual called the menek kelih ceremony or Raja Sewala is a ceremony which is performed as an expression of thanksgiving to the presence of God in his manifestations as Dewa Semara and Ratih, because someone has grown up. Raja Sewala's ceremony is held for sons and daughters after the age of 14 years.

Entering this age a lot of changes occur in children, such as changes in voice increase in men and visualized with young couples who are dressed on a decorative car resembling a bale dangin. This ritual was enlivened by the Ketupat War (Ketupat means rice cake boiled in coconut leaves) tradition in the Kapal Village, Badung, accompanied by Balaganjur gamelan.

Tooth-cutting Ritual
Six negative traits in human beings, in Balinese society are called as Sad Ripu. Therefore, to minimize the nature of asuba karma or bad behavior in human life held the ritual of cutting teeth. The six traits that are not desirable to be cleansed of each person are kama (sensual indignation), lobha (loba and greedy), kroda (cruel and angry), moha (confused and arrogant), and matsarya (envy and jealousy).

The ritual parade was done on a decorative car in the form of a bale dangin. This activity was followed by a fashion show of various types of Balinese traditional clothing brought by young men and inhabited by gamelan Semara Pagulingan accompaniment.

Marriage Rituals
For the Balinese Hindu community, pawiwahan or marriage is not only a happy event for a couple of brides, but has an important meaning to be a human or a responsible citizen. Pawiwahan is the initial momentum of the grahasta asramawhich is the stage of household life, which in the process is accompanied by ritual in accordance with the traditions in each region or village.

In this cultural parade, visualized with the Balinese bride procession in the style of the East Bali palace, Puri Karangasem, where the bride were paraded with palanquin [gayot] accompanied by a procession of ceremonial, family, ceremonial devices and village instruments enlivened with a mass performance Joged Bumbung dance.

Death Ritual
Ngaben is a death ritual which is held with full respect and sincerity by the Balinese people. The purpose of the ngaben ceremony is so that raga sarira (human body) can return to its origin, namely this nature (Pancamahabhuta) and its spirit can be saved together with Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa(God). Therefore, when heading to the cemetery where the ngaben ceremony is held, accompanied by the symbolic Manuk Dewata as a spirit introduction and the most important thing with the karma flower called Sekar Rura as an introduction to the realm of death releases the real worldly ties.

In this cultural parade, the procession of the Ngaben tradition of Puri is shown. This attraction is presented by dancing Bade, ox, and Naga Banda. This ngaben ritual is accompanied by Angklung and Balaganjur gamelan.


Organized by Bali Province Government 

Supported by Himbara


In collaboration with ITDC


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