Selamat Galungan!

This week in Bali there are wonderful decorations and festivities all around! This is because it's Galungan – a Balinese holiday celebrating the victory of dharma (good) over adharma (evil). It marks the time when the ancestral spirits visit the Earth for 10 days, and on the 10th day, the Balinese will take part in prayers […]

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Selamat Hari Raya Nyepi

Celebrating the Hindu New Year On the 21st of March, Balinese Hindus will observe Nyepi, or Day of Silence, to mark the Hindu new year. While the majority of Indonesia is a Muslim nation, the majority of Bali’s nearly 4 million population practice a local version of Hinduism.

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Bali Bucket List…it’s coming!

While planning a trip to Bali can be fun, it can also be difficult compiling all the places you want to go and things you want to do while you're in this beautiful sunny paradise! Luckily, our team here at Escape Haven have been in balmy Bali for over 5 years now, and we're currently […]

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Nyepi – Balinese New Year

It’s almost New Year in Bali! The Balinese use the Hindu Lunar calendar that only counts 210 days per year. Nyepi – their New Years Day – is the main holiday on the island and is celebrated this year on the 31st of March. The day before Nyepi – Bhuta Yajna- the evil spirits will […]

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My Bali tribe

Today I'm grateful for finding my Bali tribe. As I was on my bike this morning, with my 2 beloved dogs, Ruby and Rice sitting at the helm, ears flying back grinning in anticipation of their impending beach walk, I passed a number of familiar faces. Selamat Pagi Mo – 'good morning sister' said the […]

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Offering of the Gods

Today I'm grateful for a beautiful morning gift that I found on my doorstep this morning. The Balinese give these offerings to the gods many times every day. Offerings are gifts. They are a means of giving something back and calling forth things to be thankful for. We do it each Monday with our grateful […]

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