Destination

Highlights

Bali is home to approximately three million people. The vast majority of Balinese are Hindu and assume a spiritual approach to life – the island has nearly 20,000 temples.

Seasonal Highlights

General Information

Bali celebrates all Hindu, Islamic, Christian, and national holidays, but since the majority of Balinese follow a special version of Hinduism, the religious highlights of the island are unique. At Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, we abide by many of these religious guidelines.

 

Galungan is celebrated every 210 days to commemorate the triumph of good over evil, and also to be thankful for prosperity. The holiday lasts for 10 days and includes ritualistic dances and offerings at temples. On the last day of the holiday, known as Kuningan Day, villagers dress in traditional clothes and carry offerings of fruits, flowers, leaves and food on their heads to the temples.

 

Nyepi is celebrated during either March or April, depending on the lunar calendar. Nyepi is the Hindu New Year in Bali and the community conducts its ceremonies a day beforehand to drive out evil spirits. Rituals include firecrackers, drums and traditional music, along with a parade in which symbolic images of evildoers are burned at midnight. On Nyepi Day, no cars are allowed on the roads, and no lights or noise are permitted in the community.

 

Other holidays honour knowledge (Saraswati), metal implements (Pagerwesi), and the full moon (Purnama).

Quick Reference

  • Time zone

    GMT +8 hours

  • Language(s) spoken

    Although there are 583 languages and dialects spoken in the archipelago, Bahasa Indonesia is the national language of Bali. English is widely spoken in the tourist centres.

  • Electrical system

    Local voltage is 220 to 240 volts AC. Adapters available; please request through the Concierge.

  • Shopping hours

    Daily 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

  • Working hours

    Monday to Friday
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Banks and government offices are closed on Saturday and Sunday.