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The the Buddhist lunar calendar. festival inspires children Purnama Desta (full moon). throughout the countryside; Hindu temple festival held at they construct kites from Pura Maospahit in Denpasar plastic bags or any other (see p61), and Pura Segara, materials they can find, often near Ampenan on Lombok. decorating them too, and fly them from drying rice fields JUNE and village streets. Pesta Kesenian Bali (Bali Arts Festival) (mid-June to mid-July), Denpasar. The height of Bali’s secular cultural calendar, this is a two to four-week jamboree of mostly Balinese (but increasingly international) dance, theatre, music and cultural events at the Taman Werdhi Budaya (Bali Arts Centre) (see p61).
The landscape of the islands has deeply influenced their cultural, political and economic life for thousands of years. Old traditions have persisted remarkably, despite the successive impacts of colonialism, political strife and the travel industry. (see p99) were built in order The Balinese, and the Sasaks (the to commemorate the king indigenous people of Lombok), are thought to be descendants of Anak Wungsu and his queen migrants from southern China who Betari Mandul. This king’s edicts have been found in Sangsit on the arrived around 2000 BC.
Temple festival at the Gunung Kawi Royal Monuments at Tampaksiring in Central Bali (see p99). OCTOBER Purnama Kapat (full moon). Festivals at many major temples, including Besakih (see pp116–17), Pura Ulun Danu Batur (see pp122–3), Pura Tirta Empul (see p99), Pura Pulaki (see p138) and Pura Tegeh Koripan (see p115). Hari Raya Sumpah Pemuda (28 Oct). A working day commemorating the independence movement. It has come to be associated with political reform in Bali and elsewhere in Indonesia. JULY AND AUGUST This is the high season for visitors from Europe and North America.