island located in the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands, lying between Java
to the west and Lombok
to the east. It is one of the country's 33 provinces with the provincial capital at Denpasar
towards the south of the island. The province covers a few small neighbouring
islands as well as the isle of Bali.
The vast majority of the
Balinese believe in Agama Tirta, "holy-water religion". It is
a Shivaite sect of Hinduism. Traveling
Indian priests are said to have introduced the people to the sacred literature
of Hinduism and Buddhism centuries ago. The people accepted it and combined it
with their own pre-Hindu mythologies. The Balinese from before the third wave
of immigration, known as the Bali
Aga, are mostly not followers of Agama Tirta, but retain their own animist traditions.
Bali, the exotic jade in tropical nature. Bali
always offers a memorable holiday moment. The beauty of its nature, amazing
culture and lively spiritual and harmonious life save their own attractions,
making the exotic island the famous tourist destination in the world.
With complete tourist facilities and
services, Bali will make you come back for more and more. Hundreds of
international standard hotels flock around prestigious tourist spots like: Nusa
Dua, Jimbaran, Kuta, Seminyak, Sanur, Ubud, Tanah Lot, Candi Dasa, Lovina, and
other cities/regencies in Bali, giving easier access for tourists to best
holiday spots in the island.
The traditional Balinese food are
made from pork, chicken, and duck. You can hardly find beef in the menu here
since cow is a sacred animal in Bali. The traditional foods are all served with
steamed rice and some with vegetables. Most of the Balinese foods are made for
special occasions, but because everyone wants to taste them, the foods are
easily found in small restaurants.
Famous Balinese dances include pendet, legong, baris, topeng, barong, gong keybar, and kecak
(the monkey dance). Bali boasts one of the most diverse and innovative
performing arts cultures in the world, with paid performances at
thousands of temple festivals, private ceremonies, or public shows.