If you plan to be in Bali in February, your timing couldn’t be more perfect! The Chinese New Year – the year of the Sheep, is on the 19th and 20th of February this year and it would be a sin to miss the celebrations in Bali. The decorations, colourful masks and lights on these two days will simply take your breath away. One of the longest festivals in the Chinese calendar, the tradition started with honouring the deities and ancestors.
The Chinese New Year In Bali
The Chinese New Year is celebrated world over to pay homage to the Chinese traditions, usher in the New Year and praying it brings more happiness, prosperity and sustenance. The Chinese people take the opportunity to gather and meet with their loved ones and relatives and spend time with them. Another tradition that is important is cleansing the home so that any ill-fortune is swept away making way for good fortune and prosperity.
Visiting The Chinese Temples in Bali
Vihara Dharmayana is a Chinese temple in Kuta that you can visit to witness the amazing celebrations, colours and culture. You will get to see Barongsai dance, prayers, Dragon dance and fireworks; an absolute must see part of the celebrations. A few other temples in the Singaraja region and Denpasar are worth visiting for the festivities. Be sure not to wear black or white as it is considered bad luck; wear your flashiest red or yellow instead! Shades of red, yellow and golden are the favourites for the Chinese New Year and dominates all the activities.
All the temples and streets seem magical in the night aglow with all the lanterns, candles and lights. You should definitely visit one of the temples with your family; the music, cheering, the Barongsai dance and Wushu martial arts is very exciting and the kids just love it.
Where Should I Stay?
If some quiet time with your family and friends is what you desire, the time is perfect to enjoy Bali to the fullest and revel in some great cultural diversity. Bali has some of the most exquisite villas with the best of spoils perfect for a getaway.
Ministry of Villas was formed by its founders keeping in mind the requirements of travellers and a mission to provide the best villas in Bali. These villas are available in Seminyak, Uluwatu, Ubud, Sanur, Nusa Dua and Jimbaran and are absolutely easy to book. Ministry of Villas has some exciting Chinese New Year deals on offer, with many of the villas even halving their prices. Some of the villas on offer include Villa Gajah Putih, The Seiryu Villas, Kubu Villas and Ahimsa Beach.
Villa Gajah Putih
Villa Gajah Putih is a beachfront private villa offering 7 bedrooms in luxury accommodation. Overlooking gorgeous gardens and sands of the Indian Ocean, the villa is perfect for a family getaway. It’s time to start calling your near and dear ones and planning your Bali visit. Chinese New Year rates are USD $2,420 per night for 18 guests.
The Seiryu Villas
The Seiryu Villas is an amazing blend of Japanese living and Balinese design packed with superb luxury and comfort. The villa is located perfectly for a holiday; close to the Oberoi beach for fun strolls and Legian Street for those shopping sprees. Chinese New Year rates will be USD $229 per night.
Positioned on a gorgeous stretch of pristine beaches, Ahimsa Beach offers a choice of one, two and three bedroom villas depending on the number of guests. Each villa has its own private pool set around a lush tropical garden. Chinese New Year rates will be USD $210 per night
Indulge in absolute luxury with your own pool, chef and butler in our carefully handpicked villas. With these villas you also get the opportunity to plan and host your own Chinese New Year party. Let the celebrations begin!