This week I’m sharing my favorite shots which for me depict traditional Bali, and the Bali I love. Welcome to week 223 (04/16/2015) of Travel Photo Thursday. For the past six weeks, my workhorse of a computer has been and continues to, show signs of wanting to be retired. This is not the time to be contemplating a younger workhorse, so I have been coaxing her along. I’m at the point that I hold my breath every time I hit the power button. If I’ve been slow getting around to last weeks Travel Photo Thursday linkers, and haven’t commented to many who have left comments here on the blog recently, do accept my apologies! I will make it up to you, I promise! 🙂 I’ve been to Bali a number of times over the years, and one of the things that I like about the island is the traditions that they maintain. Here are a few of my favorite photos depicting traditional Bali.
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Holidays and special events center around the temple. Anyone who has been to Bali knows that these ceremonies are not put on to entertain the tourists. However, at least in Ubud, the locals do welcome visitors into the temple during ceremonies. All they ask is that you wear appropriate dress.
I love this shot of these beautifully dressed ladies waiting to take their offerings to a temple in Ubud.
Full moon offerings at a temple near Bali’s Lake Batur.
This lady was happy to pose for a photo before entering an Ubud temple with her stunning offering. I cannot imagine carrying that on my head!
Working in the rice fields in Ubud. I wonder how many years they have been farming this way!
Back to the offerings. They happen every day and are not limited to only the large temples. Businesses and homes also offer up to the gods every day.
Even out in the rice paddies! On his way to make an offering.
Experiencing traditional Bali is easy to do on foot when you are in and around Ubud and some of the smaller towns. Should you want to travel further afield cycling in Bail is a fun and safe option you may want to consider.
The Balinese welcome visitors in to witness their ceremonies. Do dress appropriately. Ladies should have a sarong, a sash, and a blouse with sleeves. Guys can get away with long shorts and a shirt with sleeves. Taking photos is fine, but do be respectful. If a ceremony is happening, be sure not to interfere with whatever is going on. I highly recommend attending a ceremony, or even two! During the full moon, there is always a lot of activity and many great photo opportunities.
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