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WHAT ARE BALINESE TRADITIONS?

DISCOVER BALINESE CULINARY & SPIRITUAL TRADITIONS

Unity in diversity starts for us with understanding. The understanding of people, their cultures, religions and traditions. Bali offers a variety of beautiful traditions, cultural habits and delicious culinary. We want to give you the chance to get to know a few of them. Not only to simply understand them but also to explore the people and the island in a more authentic way. And to celebrate the diverse characteristics this vibrant island is based on.

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BALINESE BRACELETS FOR SPIRITUAL HARMONY

Wearing bracelets or beads in the colors red, white and black is said to bring balance and protection by invoking the energies associated with the Hindu trinity.

In Balinese Hinduism, each color in the trinity holds significance:

 

1. Red (Brahma): Represents the creative force and the power of creation. Brahma is considered the creator in Hinduism, and the color red symbolizes the energy and vitality associated with creation.

 

2. Black (Vishnu): Signifies the force of preservation and protection. Vishnu is the preserver in Hinduism, and the black color is associated with the cosmic ocean from which Vishnu emerges to maintain order in the universe.

 

3. White (Shiva): Represents the transformative and destructive aspect. Shiva is the destroyer in Hinduism, but destruction is seen as a precursor to regeneration. White symbolizes purity and the transformative nature of Shiva.

 

Wearing bracelets or beads in these colors is believed to bring balance and protection by invoking the energies associated with the Hindu trinity. It's a way for individuals to connect with the divine forces and seek spiritual harmony in their lives. The Balinese often incorporate these colors into various aspects of their culture, including religious ceremonies and traditional rituals. The bracelets are traditionally tied around the right hand during ceremonies in the temple to protect the wearer from negative forces.

THE TASTE OF BALI WITH BALI KOPI

Balinese coffee culture is deeply rooted in daily life, and enjoying a cup of kopi bali is as much a social activity as it is a beverage.

 

Traditional Balinese coffee, known as Kopi Bali, is often prepared using a method called "tubruk".  

The name "tubruk" is a Javanese word for "collision" and refers to the preparation method or technique. Tubruk coffee is the simplest form of manual coffee preparation, all you need is ground coffee and hot water in a cup. The cup with 1-2 small spoons of coffee is filled with hot water, the preparation is stirred and then you have to wait briefly until the coffee grounds have finally sunk to the bottom. Then you can enjoy your Kopi Bali.

 

Bali also has its own coffee varieties, such as Kintamani coffee, which is grown in the highlands near Mount Batur. These beans are often Arabica beans and are known for their unique flavor profile, which is influenced by the volcanic soil and local farming methods. 

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KOPI BALI
BALI OFFERING PLATE

Have you ever wondered why there are small sacrificial plates in front of most stores in Bali, which are prepared daily as part of a ritual? Or why there is a place for a small temple in the stores?

Balinese offering plates, which are often seen in front of stores, buildings and temples are part of the rich cultural and religious practices on the island. These plates, called "canang sari", are daily offerings made by Balinese Hindus to express their gratitude to the deities.

The plates contain various symbolic objects such as flowers, rice and incense, which are carefully arranged. This ritual reflects the belief in maintaining harmony and balance between the spiritual and physical worlds. Canang sari also serve as a gesture of respect to the gods and as a means of purifying the environment.

The small presenters, which can often be seen in stores and restaurants, are used to ensure that the offerings are arranged higher and are therefore cleaner and more sacred.

OFFERINGS
SWEET BALINESE LOVE - TRADITIONAL DESSERTS

Balinese desserts showcase a delightful blend of flavors, often incorporating coconut, rice, and tropical fruits. One popular treat is "Dadar Gulung," green pancakes filled with sweet coconut and palm sugar. "Dadar Gulung" translates to rolled pancake. And it's definitely our number one dessert in Bali. Feel free to reach out to us to find the best places to try it.

 

Another delicious option is "Klepon," green rice cake balls filled with palm sugar and coated in grated coconut. These desserts reflect the rich cultural and culinary diversity of Bali.

Another culinary love from the FLOCK BOUTIQUE TEAM is the Balinese black rice dessert, often known as "Bubur Pulut Hitam" or "Black Sticky Rice Pudding". It is a popular Indonesian sweet dish made from black glutinous rice cooked with water, creating a thick, porridge-like consistency. Sweetened with palm sugar, the dessert features a rich, earthy flavor. Coconut milk is commonly added for creaminess, and it's sometimes garnished with coconut shavings or a drizzle of coconut cream. The dessert is enjoyed warm and is a delightful blend of sweetness and texture.

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BAHASA INDONESIA

THE KEY TO HEARTS IN BALI: INDONESIAN

Bahasa Indonesia (also known as Indonesian) is widely spoken in Bali, but Balinese is a language by itself. People in Bali usually learn Balinese as their first language, but many now use Bahasa Indonesia on a daily basis.

 

Bahasa, by the way, simply means language and does not stand alone for the language Indonesian or Balinese. Bahasa Inggris for example means English. 

„Hello“ means „Om swastiastu“ in Balinese (Bahasa Bali)

 

"Om" is a sacred sound in Hinduism, and "swastiastu" comes from two Sanskrit words meaning safety/well-being and hope. The Balinese greeting is more than just a "hello" and is sometimes translated as "may God bless you".

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