Bali Cultural Ceremonies

The Balinese are very traditional when it comes to Bali cultural ceremonies and festivals. It's very common to see ceremonies of some sort being performed in Bali. There is a series of different life cycle ceremonies that signify certain stages of a human life.

Barong Dance

The Barong Dance is another one of the common cultural ceremonies performed by the Balinese. These dances are a common event in Bali that occurs everywhere around the island.

Barong Dance Video

I recorded this video while watching one of the many Barong dances performed throughout Bali.


Here is a picture I took while attending a Barong dance. This is known as the Barong Dragon.

Bali Cultural Ceremonies - Barong Dragon


It's quite an amazing spectacle to sit and watch the Barong dance and the different styles of dance they do. The dance began with some Balinese ladies performing.

Bali Cultural Ceremonies - Barong Dance


Here the Barong Dragon joins the stage.

Bali Cultural Ceremonies - Barong Dragon comes to stage
Bali Cultural Ceremonies - Barong Dragon


There is quite a few different characters involved in the Barong Dance that come onto the stage at different times during the performance.

Bali Cultural Ceremonies - Barong Dance


The Barong Dance itself is not just a dance, but it's also an acting performance that is telling a story. Some Barong dances are just dancing performances however this particular dance I attended was telling a story. The handout they give you when purchasing a ticket explains what the story is about. You can then associate that with the performance.

Bali Cultural Ceremonies - Barong Dance


After the Barong dance the cast all comes to the stage to show their appreciation to the audience.

Bali Cultural Ceremonies - Barong Dance Cast Bows to Audience


These are the instruments the musicians use to create the unique and traditionally Balinese cultural music during the Barong dance.

Bali Cultural Ceremonies - Barong Dance Musical Instruments
Bali Cultural Ceremonies - Barong Dance Musical Instruments
Bali Cultural Ceremonies - Barong Dance Musical Instruments


There are different kinds of Barong dances performed all around Bali. Some of which you can attend for free.

This Barong Dance that I attended costed 100,000 Rupiah for a ticket.

Bali Cultural Ceremonies - Barong Dance Ticket


This Barong dance is performed at the Sahadewa Barong & Kris Dance venue which is located at 25 Jalan Batu Bulan, Sukawati, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia. You can check the website here for more information.


Here I was lucky enough to be passing by a restaurant & bar and heard the traditional Balinese music and caught a Barong dance taking place. I managed to capture a few pictures.

Bali Cultural Ceremonies - Barong Dance


The outfits they wear are quite interesting and the dance they perform is very entertaining.

Bali Cultural Ceremonies - Barong Dance


There are the musicians at the side of the stage playing all the music for the dancers.

Bali Cultural Ceremonies - Barong Dance Musicians


Life Cycle Ceremonies

There is a number of ceremonies that represent specific stages through the human life cycle. These ceremonies are known as Manusa Yadnya. In Bali culture there are several different kinds of Bali Cultural ceremonies that are part of the Manusa Yadnya.

In general terms the ceremonies can also be known as milestones of the human life starting from the womb and proceeding all the way through life.

The ceremonies of the Manusa Yadnya consists of the Magedog gedongan, Bulan Pitung Dina, Ngangkid, Nyambutin and the Ngotonin. Each of these Bali cultural ceremonies are held in sequential order during the process of a human life.

The Balinese people also perform a series of other Bali cultural ceremonies that are traditional for families. These ceremonies include tooth filing ceremonies which is known as the Mapandes. The marriage ceremony called Nganten, also known as Pawiwahan which is performed when a marriage takes place. The marriage ceremonies are usually very big and involves a lot of preparation.

In the earlier stages of a Balinese child's life there are other ceremonies performed. The Pawiwahan is a ceremony that represents when the child loses their first teeth. The first birthday of a Balinese child is signified by what is known as the Hindu Oton ceremony

  • Magedog gedongan: The Magedog gedongan ceremony is part of the Manusa Yadnya ceremonies. This particular ceremony is to signify the baby when it's still in the womb
  • Bulan Pitung Dina: This ceremony is to signify the baby after it has been born. Usually this ceremony is carried out when the baby is 42 days old
  • Ngangkid: The Ngangkid Ceremony also part of the Manusa Yadnya ceremonies. The Ngangkid ceremony is carried out when a baby is 3 months old. The meaning of this ceremony is to request safety for the future life of the baby according to Hindu religion
  • Nyambutin: The Nyambutin ceremony is performed when the baby is 210 days old. It's traditional to carry out this ceremony every 210 days throughout the life of the baby. These days are represented following the Balinese wuku calendar which is a calendar used to signify festivals and ceremonies according to Balinese Culture


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