The end of the holiday season can be a time of mixed emotions: missing the feeling of joyful spirit while embracing the promise of a new year. How will you grow in 2015 and what changes can you make to honor your self and your own spirit?
March is an exciting time in Ubud, Bali as we celebrate Nyepi; our New Year and celebration of Spring (significant because Balinese culture is deeply rooted in tradition and nature). This year’s Nyepi festivities will fall on March 21st and feature amazing sights to behold in Ubud. According to custom, during Nyepi, the Lord of Hell sends all the devils to Bali. To rid the land of these devils before the new-year, the locals paint their faces and run through the streets, ridding and purifying them. They make huge papier-mâché sculptures and carry them through the towns, making as much noise as they can to scare off the spirits. As you can imagine, it is a vibrant celebration full of life.
If you are fortunate to stay in Ubud throughout March, perhaps a visit to the 8th Annual Bali Spirit Festival is in order! Celebrated from March 31st to April 5th, 2015, the festival will feature music, dance, yoga and healing. As with all Balinese holidays and celebrations, the activities are meant to build community throughout Ubud and the entire world. Everyone is welcome for a Balinese celebration and yoga, especially, is a long-standing tradition.
Ubud is a small mountain village and long ago became and destination for people wanting to learn and practice Yoga. Located along beautiful plains and surrounded by streams and lush flora, Ubud is the perfect setting to practice yoga as the calm surroundings inspire visitors to relax and meditate. If you have read Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love, you may be familiar with the journey of an ordinary woman who left her ordinary life to explore the magic of Bali. The beauty of Ubud truly lies in its open arms that welcome the global community, allowing all to benefit from the practice of meditation and yoga.
You do not have to be an avid yoga enthusiast to participate in this tradition or visit Ubud, just like you don’t have to be Balinese to celebrate all of the amazing holiday traditions and festivities. All are welcome to explore and embrace their spirituality, whatever that may be for each individual. Ubud is a thriving center that attracts healers of all kinds, artists, writers, food enthusiasts and more.
Located in Central Ubud, Villa di Abing is the perfect spot for you and your party to land. You will enjoy the luxury and privacy of your villa, while being a hop, skip and a jump from the all that Ubud has to offer. Whether or not you are visiting during the Bali Spirit Festival, there are always opportunities to learn and grow spiritually throughout Ubud and we are happy to make those visions a reality.
If the yoga bug does bite you during your stay, we highly recommend trying classes at the Radiantly Alive yoga studio. Not only is it a beautiful studio offering a number of classes taught by world-class instructors, but happens to be almost next door to Villa di Abing. You can make a wonderful morning of heading to the studio for class and then stopping off at Bali Buda Café for a refreshing smoothie or any item from their diverse menu with items that range form vegan to Italian food!
Ubud has a cultural richness that any visitor is fortunate to experience. Whatever your passions and interests may be, Ubud has something to offer, as well as many new experiences. As a traveler, one hopes to get the most from the places they adventure to. Villa did Abing gives you the key to the magic and adventure that Ubud, Bali has to offer. Come celebrate 2015 with Villa di Abing and let the adventures begin!