5 FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BALI
TRAVELING TO BALI IS THE JOURNEY OF YOUR LIFE
1. The Local Liquor Can Be Lethal
Like many other cultures, Bali has its own production of alcohol, which locals love very much. Bali’s local drink is called arak. It’s usually homemade and is a sweet wine made from coconut palm flour. Being homemade can have its advantages like you know what’s inside because you made it, but sometimes, it has its perks as well. If you go to a bar that servesarak from local production from a “bad batch,” you could end up with a lethal case of methanol poisoning. So just make sure you don’t exaggerate with arak shots and you should be fine.
2. There is an actual Day Of Silence
This day of Silence – is a Hindu celebration, but in fact, it’s mostly a Bali thing.
On this day of silence, it’s all about self-reflection and fasting, when you take time for yourself to reflect on the beautiful things you have in your life and be thankful for your life’s journey.
On this Holy Day, the airport closes, lights shut down, and all businesses close. The day of Silence is commemorated every Isakawarsa (New Year) according to the Balinese calendar, so if you plan on spending New Year in Bali you will have the opportunity to experience this Balinese holy day of silence.
3. Bali has just two seasons – dry and wet
Yes, they only have two seasons and they both are hot. Nevertheless, natural hazards may occur in Indonesia, starting from occasional floods, and severe droughts and finishing on a more dramatic note with tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanoes, and forest fires.
This doesn’t mean that Bali is not a safe island to visit. On the contrary. If you plan according to each season and get informed about the potential natural disasters, you are good to go on the most beautiful island in the world. Bali can be experienced all year round. Nevertheless, the best time to travel to Bali is during the dry season. The dry season is from May to September, and there’s no rain during this period.
Bali’s wet season is from October to April, the rain only lasts an hour or two. Because Bali has a distinctly tropical climate. Regardless of the season, you will rarely need anything more than a light jacket.
4. You Can Drink Coffee Made From Civet Poop
Poop coffee is a real thing and I’ve tasted it!
Origins of the Poop Coffee Luak:
Native farmers, prohibited by Dutch colonists from trying the coffee they were farming, started noticing something unusual. Near the farm, there were several civet cats (called luak) that were eating and then pooping out the beans of coffee, intact.
Intrigued, they prepared the coffee from the civet’s excrement and the world’s most expensive coffee originated. A cup can go up to $50.
Read more about the most expensive coffee in the world here.
5. They only perform ceremonies on A GOOD DAY
Before performing a ceremony, they need to ask the elders that know how to read the Balinese calendar if it’s a good day. If the Gods do not bless that day, they need to wait until the elders will tell them it´s a good day.
Traditions are very important for Balinese people and they respect their elders. Balinese families live like in the old times, altogether. This was something I particularly liked about them. They respect the community traditions and the elders of the village, who are believed to be very wise and offer spiritual guidance. Their houses are formed as cluster compounds inside a wall, where each extended family lives in its compound. Most houses have their own temple where every member of the family goes each morning and pays their respect to the Gods and the ashes of their ancestors. The Balinese people believe in reincarnation, and the deceased have to be cremated within the next seven years of their death, to liberate their souls and be reincarnated.
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