Some Good to know Facts about the island of the Gods.
Agriculture & Economy
As one of the most vivacious place in Indonesia, Bali’s economy is highly fuelled by the tourism sector. In fact, the island is one of the vital economy components for this developing country. Being one of the world-class tourist destinations; Bali’s economic growth reaches 9% each year with their export value of more than $100 millions.
South Bali (Legian, Sanur, Kuta and Nusa Dua) is the most developed area for tourism. The rest of the parts rely mainly on agriculture sectors. However, South Bali contributes the biggest economic growth more than 50%. It gives constant flow of income as the tourism sector supports 60,000 jobs.
Particularly in this south area, tourism sector grows vibrantly alongside other trade revenues which the Balineses obtain from garment productions, crafts exports, and more.
The fertile soil is an excellent place to grow crops, raise cattle, sheep and buffaloes. In the rain forest, cajuput extract produces export-quality oil that do wonders for aromatherapy and healing ailments. Bali coffee plantations with the traditional farming system, produce finest beans of Robusta and Arabica. Today, even Bali agriculture sector seems to also shift its function. Ubud, for instance, is now filled with expat community as the place is home to Bali native plants – perfect for agriculture walk.
Bali is known for its countless Upacara Adat, traditional ceremonies, where Balinese families would participate. They strictly follow the traditions, thus, you will see many of the locals snaking with their attributes, walking to the temples for a ceremonial event.
Bali is perhaps the only part of Indonesia with the most festival processions conducted in mass. In many occasions, you will notice that the paths you cross are closed for ceremonial purpose. What’s quite impressive is during the Day of Silence, Nyepi, Ngurah Rai international airport is also closed with no outgoing or incoming flight at all. Bali has succeeded in retaining its cultural events. Even without any effort to make it any more attractive, these festivals and ceremonies have become a magnet that draw visitors from around the globe.
From the moment a woman gives birth to her child, there are ceremonies to ‘mark’ the stage of life that a person goes through; such as three-month baby ceremony, puberty ceremony, weddings, cremation and many more ceremonials to follow after the funeral.
At certain rituals, it requires bigger crowds. For instance, the Full Moon or Bulan Purnama, is a special event for Balinese that they go to temples, preparing the offerings for their gods and ask for blessings. In between the rituals, there are dance performances and other symbolic acts that celebrate god’s grace to the land.
Other annual event like Galungan and Ogoh-Ogoh are also celebrated by the whole island that almost any temple would be filled with colorful offerings, and visitors who wish to witness the processions. During these particular days, the morning starts with temple visits and worships and in the afternoon, they would march to the streets to the location of the parade. This often causes serious traffic jam or a traffic re-routed.