10 things you didn’t know about Bali

Woman in Bali

Woman in Bali ©udeyismail/Flick

Bali is a real paradise one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world, a wonderful place that you can dream about. Today we don’t want to enlist all of the evidences to show why is this the perfect place for holidays, we won’t describe the beautiful beaches and hotels on this gorgeous island.

We found some interesting facts, characteristics that you surely haven’t heard about this famous island. Let’s see 10 things you didn’t know about Bali.


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Bali is not Muslim as the rest of Indonesia

Indonesia is the largest Muslim country in the world, but most of the population in Bali Hindu religion. It is a special variation of this religion, Balinese Hinduism. It is almost the same as the traditional Hinduism, but took some elements from Buddhism and animism as well.

Hindu temple in Bali, Indonesia

Hindu temple in Bali, Indonesia ©Sue Waters/Flick

Every Balinese temple is built with its back facing the volcano

They consider the Agung Volcano being their god and this is why interestingly the rear part of every Balinese temple faces the volcano.

In Bali a year has 210 days

A year in Bali has 210 days, not 365 days. This unique calendar first was used in Java in the fourteenth century. It also has weeks of different lengths.

On Bali exist only four names

This is the source of a lot of fun and confusion. The name of the children is given according to the birth order in that family. The names can slightly differ because of the religion of castle, but they mostly use these four names, and it doesn’t matter if the child is a boy or a girl. The four names are: Wokalayan (shortly Wayan or Yan), Made, Nyoman or Komang (shortly Man or Mang), Ketut (shortly Tut). If a fifth child is born usually is called Wayan Balik, that means Wayan “again”.

They travel by different kind of buses

The infrastructure of the island is not the most advanced, people travel by bus. Beside the regular buses they travel by small busses, called “bemo”, that can be stopped wherever you are.

The recipe of the famous Bintang beer

Their Bintang beer is very tasty. Apparently they use the recipe of the Heineken beer.

The Bintang beer in Bali

The Bintang beer in Bali ©wikier/Flick

The relationship of the animals and people in Bali

Bali has a stunning wildlife, with indigenous animals as the manta ray, the orangutan, giant plant-eating bat. Balinese are very special relationship with the animals, the inhabitants of the island extremely honor them. They have pets as giant fruit bats, which are tied to their master as a cat and want to be stroked. They even wear a leather collar.

The meaning of the three umbrellas

The Hindu gods are not shown: they are symbolized with three umbrellas.

Food for the gods

They lay biscuits, flower petals and rice everywhere on the street tables, even at the restaurants. This is how they feast their gods.

Women work harder than men

In Bali women make a harder physical work than men. They carry heavy baskets with rice on their heads.

Woman in Bali

Woman in Bali ©udeyismail/Flick

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