Thursday, 29 January 2015

Teletubbies Hills | Place to Visit

Teletubbies Hills in Bali

Who doesn’t know Teletubbies ??? Teletubbies is a child’s film consist of four peoples with different costume’s colour . Teletubbies famous for their home under a mound resembling a green hill and known teletubbies hills . Teletubbies hills not only on television , but also in Bali , especially in North Bali ( Buleleng ) . Precisely this location in the village Kubutambahan , Kubutambahan  Sub district, Buleleng Regency - Bali. 

teletubbies hills
It is recently famous through several social media like facebook and instagram ,where previously only a few people who know about this attraction . However, over time , became famous Kubutambahan teletubbies  hills and a lot of visitors . Why is the name of the teletubbies hills ? if you go there you will definitely know the answer , it was named not because there are  teletubbies , but the hill like hill in teletubbies film . Travel to teletubbies hill is a small hill nature green . Because ofthis green hill resembles a hill where the teletubbies stay so the place known as teletubbies hill. because the location of this hill ata fairly high plateau , so you can see the sea directly from teletubbies hills. Add to the exotic landscapes that exist in this attraction . The natural beauty is the paradise for those who love to selfie or photograph with their closest friends . 

Where’s the location ?

Teletubbies hill located in the village Kubutambahan , Kubutambahan sub district  , Buleleng Regency - Bali . Precisely about 1.5 kilometers east of the T-junctions  Kubutambahan . Teletabis hill is not located in a side street , but the entrance protrudes into an alley . Not so far , about 700 meters from the front  of the alley toward the teletubbies hills .Don’t miss it guys, because the place is beautiful and lovely . You can take a walk with your partner while taking pictures together , but for those of you who do not have a partner can  invite your friends to come together to visit this new  tourism object in a north  part of Bali Island. 


Saturday, 24 January 2015

Chinese New Year | Imlek 2566

Chinese New Year  | Imlek 2566 

Most Chinese festivals, whether based on seasons, myths about gods or ghosts, or a combination of these, stem from a belief in worshipping the gods to appease them and prevent misfortune. The biggest celebration is the beginning of the Chinese New Year. Chinese New Year's celebrations in Indonesia, known locally as Imlek and in 2015 will be held on 19th February. Incorporate customs, beliefs and practices brought to Indonesia by Chinese immigrants who still follow the practices handed down from their parents. Although Chinese New Year was not a national holiday on the Indonesian calendar for many years, beginning in 2002, Chinese New Year became a national holiday, to the pleasure of millions of Chinese Indonesians.
Chinese New Year is a time to show respect for those that have passed away and to reunite with family members. Departed relatives are remembered with great respect because they were responsible for laying the foundations for the family's fortune. Within the ethnic Chinese community there are immigrants from many regions throughout China. Each of these immigrant communities brought the unique traditions of their hometowns to Indonesia. This diversity in origins explains the diversity in the way Chinese New Year is celebrated by communities throughout the Indonesian archipelago.
An important part of the preparations for the holiday is the thorough cleaning of the family home. This is important not only as preparation for the many guests who are expected during the holidays, but also because it is symbolic of sweeping away the evil sprits that might be lurking in dark corners or behind heavy pieces of furniture that are rarely moved. All cleaning and sweeping must be completed before New Year's Day, with the brooms and brushes out of the house prior to the dawn of the New Year. Otherwise the family believes they will have bad luck and a year of work and drudgery. Sweeping cannot be done on New Year's Day for fear that good fortune would be swept away.
On New Year's Eve family members gather to observe the customs and share a traditional meal. Family members come from across town or across the Indonesian archipelago to welcome in the New Year together, usually at the home of the eldest family member. According to custom, the male head of the family leads the family in making offerings to various house gods and family ancestors. Respect is paid to the god of wealth and the gods of the well, bed, hearth and other gods who the family wants to remain on good terms with. The offerings are usually a variety of foods, cakes and fruits placed on an offering table, placed outside the house. While holding the incense in both hands, each family member would 'pai-pai' (bow down) three times to show respect and honor for the house gods. Then the incense is placed in a holder on the offering table and family members bow again to show respect and ask permission to enter the house.
An offering table or ancestral table is also set up inside the house, if there is a member of the family who has already passed away. A picture of the deceased is hung above the table. In wealthier family's homes an entire room might be used as an ancestral hall complete with altar and tables for each generation. Small offerings are placed throughout the year to honor deceased family members. On New Year's Day, however, the table overflows with a beautiful display of food, flowers and the special dishes once enjoyed by the deceased during his/her life.

Barongsai, the Lion Dance

Barongsai may be common place on New Year's Day in other Asian counties, but they are normally called to private homes or private parties for viewing in Indonesia. Barongsai is a large dragon-like puppet measuring between four to six meters that is manned by three or four dancers. The dancer that controls the head of the Barongsai must be well versed in Kung Fu as many of the steps in the dance resemble Kung Fu movements. Performers must have great strength and endurance when using the larger dragons as they can weigh up to several hundred kilograms.
A Barongsai troop, consisting of at least 10 people, will arrive in a truck and the accompanying orchestra can be heard long before the arrival. Drums, bells and symbols provide music for the dance. Families are happy to be visited by Barongsai because they feel it will bring them good luck. At the completion of the dance the spectators place ang pau in the mouth of the Barongsai in appreciation for the performance. Depending on the organization backing the troop, most of the money collected is used for social work. With increasing freedom to celebrate their traditional customs, Indonesian Chinese can now even find special promotions in some Jakarta shopping malls during the Chinese New Year season which may include a barongsai performance.