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Very complex pieces can take years to complete. Silk sarong made in North Bali in the 19th century, showing a mythological story enacted by shadow puppets Detail of flower motif, part of a geringsing from Tenganan Prada, a gold-painted fabric made in Bali The rich design of songket, with a pattern of gold or silver thread 38 I N T R O D U C I N G B A L I A N D L O M B O K Festivals and Holy Days Bali’s holy days, often the occasion for extravagant celebrations, are calculated according to either a lunar calendar or the 210-day Balinese calendar.
MAY Waisak (Apr/May). The small Buddhist community of Bali visits the few Buddhist temples of the island on this holiday, which takes place APRIL Nyepi (Mar/Apr). Falls on the day after the ninth new moon. At midday on the eve of Nyepi, massive offerings are set out at major crossroads; they are believed to have the power to exorcise evil spirits. That evening, there are noisy torchlit processions of huge ogoh-ogoh (demonic effigies). These are created each year by village youth groups, who compete to Balinese worshippers at a temple festival at Pura Taman Ayun B A L I A N D L O M B O K T H R O U G H T H E Y E A R 41 AVERAGE DAILY HOURS OF SUNSHINE IN BALI Hours 10 Sunshine Chart 8 6 4 2 0 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec thought to be an auspicious time for cremations.
JULY AND AUGUST This is the high season for visitors from Europe and North America. It is also Kuta Beach during the high season in July and August 42 I N T R O D U C I N G B A L I A N D L O M B O K Rainfall Chart AVERAGE MONTHLY RAINFALL IN BALI Inches mm 300 12 240 9 180 6 120 3 60 0 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 0 The dry and rainy seasons fall in the same part of the year in both Bali and Lombok, although Bali experiences greater fluctuations in the amount of rainfall. The rainfall pattern has been somewhat distorted by the El Niño phenomenon in recent years.
Bali and Lombok by Bruce Carpenter