The Balinese are one of the most unique people on the globe. Not only do they represent only 2 percent of the total Indonesian population, but they differ from the rest of entire nation in so many ways, including fashion, religion, tradition, language and many more. The most distinctive feature of the Balinese is their religion of Balinese-Hinduism. Balinese Hinduism is not merely a religion, it is a way of life. Through this, people partake in many different and elaborate ceremonies during their lifetimes. These different ceremonies mark a person’s journey through life with colour and celebration. Balinese villages are uniquely set up and community and family are very important. Everyone within a village works towards the good of the community because their society is very community oriented.
They are also famous for their colourful and rich cultural ceremonies. The Balinese culture celebrates many occasions during a person’s life. From birth to death, these ceremonies are always filled with joy, food, and prayer to their gods. When you are in Bali, you will often come across some form of occasion or celebration somewhere in Bali. Birth rituals, marriage ceremonies and cremations are just some of the ceremonies every Balinese will experience throughout their life to represent different phases of their time on Earth. A fantastic photo opportunity for photo lovers and definitely a wonderful way to learn more about their culture.
Bali also has some of the greatest rice farmers in the world. Their produce has become well known across the globe and their skills in producing quality rice surpass many other rice-growing areas. Famous rice terraces can easily be found at places like Jatiluwih and Tegallalang. It is also one of the most beautiful sceneries you can find in Bali. Bali’s most precious asset is her people. Blessed with well-developed bodies, golden bronze skin and beautiful black hair, the Balinese are also extremely friendly and hospitable. That is one of the main reasons why Bali attracts me so much that I feel the need to go there at least once a year. Smile to them and they will smile back. No wonder it’s called paradise.
This is most evident when I first met our good friend and Bali driver, Boby and his family of awesome tour guides from “Made Dodi Private Driver“. He took us around Bali and introduced us to many beautiful places. He was one of the most friendly person I’ve ever met and he always tried his best to drive and see if we are able to stop by places for photography. He makes an effort to understand what I want for my photography and tries to fulfil it for me without any special requests. Once, he saw me at the Denpasar Airport and he called me. I was surprised that he still remembered me after just meeting once. He is a good friend and he is the best. Also, there’s Hery, who was also awesome and a brother of Dodi. He too brought us around Bali during our honeymoon and he took us to many delicious places for food and introduced the Klepon from Tanah Lot to Fann.
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Please enjoy this series of snapshots.