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The world we live in is a melting pot of cultures and festivals steeped in rich heritage. Discover within these articles the way life is rejoiced and celebrated across the globe and be a part of events that will enrich the soul

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Witness the unique Langkawi squid challenge

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Watching someone fish can be quite boring, but watching over 25 teams trying to win a squid challenge that goes on through the night is a whole other experience. The squid challenge held in Langkawi attracts people from across the globe and over 100’s of kilos of squid are captured throughout the night. While planning your Langkawi itinerary, take into account that you will spend a night watching and cheering as multiple boats speed out to the sea in the night to capture squid and win multiple prizes

Starting at sunset, the sight of watching the sea light up with the floodlights used by the boats is definitely worth seeing. As the night progresses, you will see kilos over kilos of squid being brought to shore and measured to note who captured which squid and who the winners are. Watch the locals use their age-old techniques to capture squid and compare it with the methods used by the foreigners. You will be amazed by the skill sets on display and shocked at the different techniques used to capture squids.

Langkawi squid challenge

While the boats full of fishermen are busy trying to win the competition, you can cheer them on along with the rest of the crowd gathered on the beach. 

As the night progresses on you can walk about trying squids cooked in different styles and maybe try to guess which boat will capture the most squids for a fun time. Watching the men on the boats come back to shore to know their fate in the competition gets a buzz around the neighbouring beach as the prize distribution is eagerly awaited by everyone. Almost every year a record is broken, either in the kilo’s captured or the largest squid. Who knows, maybe you get to witness a new record get made during the night?

Langkawi squid challenge

Events like these are not heavily advertised or hyped and are mostly known to the locals in the community. If you are keen to be a part of such unique activities, we recommend hiring a local travel guide from Locaguide who can give you access to this event and many more! Whether you want to learn new things about the local community or just join in on the fun, Langkawi will never be the same again!

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Revel In The International Water Festival Of Langkawi

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If you love a challenge and are fond of water, then the Langkawi Water Festival is one event you should attend when touring Malaysia. Started in 2002, this international water festival has grown over the years to include multiple fun games and beach parties and food stalls that take you on a sensory roller coaster ride.

Take part in the festival

As part of the festival, you can choose to participate in a wide range of competitions and test your skills against the locals and other tourists from across the globe. Get an adrenaline rush from kayaking between the islands and attempting to win the kayak race, or show your creative side and enter the sandcastle building competition. Get a chance to participate in an underwater treasure hunt or stay dry as you compete in a beach volleyball tournament. If you prefer something less strenuous, but still want to compete, try your luck in one of the many fishing competitions during the festival or maybe attempt to win the title of the slippery pole challenge.

Water Festival Of Langkawi

Even if you wish to not compete, the Water festival is worth witnessing for the loud, crazy activities and just to cheer the competitors on. Join in the music and dance celebrations on the last day or maybe just gorge on some yummy food available throughout the festival. The Water Festival definitely increases the number of things you can do in Langkawi and can be a festival you remember and tell stories about for life.

To enjoy the international water festival, we highly recommend you hire a local guide who can help you be a part of the festivities in whichever way you want. Create a customised travel itinerary on a portal like Locaguide to include this event in your travel plan and also get access to a local guide who will help you participate in the event. Given the uniqueness of the event, we wouldn’t be surprised if this becomes one of your favourite things to do in Langkawi!

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The Annual Thaipusam Celebrations in Kuala Lumpur

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Thaipusam is believed to be the day goddess Parvathi gave her son Lord Murugan a powerful weapon to fight demons. Marked in the Hindu calendar as the full moon of the Tamil month of ‘Thai”, Thaipusam is an annual celebration, with colourful festivities taking place primarily in the Batu Caves near Kuala Lumpur.

This festival is famous mainly because of the rituals the devotees follow to please and praise the Lord. Celebrated not only by the Indian community but also the locals and tourists who throng to Malaysia during the time, watching the Thaipusam celebration is an experience in itself. Many tourists plan their trip to Kuala Lumpur keeping the festival dates in mind.

Thaipusam rituals

As part of the celebration, devotees pierce their bodies with metal spears and climb up the 272 stairs to the top of the limestone hills to reach the Batu Caves. Inside the caves, numerous carvings depict tales of Hindu mythology, including a calming statue of Prithvi and a gigantic statue of Lord Hanuman.

The Festivities

The festivities take place over three days in Kuala Lumpur and start out in the early morning with a succession starting from the city’s oldest Hindu temple. A golden chariot carrying the statue of Lord Subramanian is escorted by thousands of worshippers till Batu Caves.

At the base of the hill, the devotees prepare themselves to offer thanks or pay penance to the Lord. Other than piercing themselves with spears, the devotees carry huge “kavadis” with offerings of milk and flowers. At the top of the hill, they offer their prayers and complete the rituals that follow. After the three days of festivities, the procession returns to the temple with the devotees walking along, singing and beating drums to keep the morale up.

If you are planning a visit to Kuala Lumpur and if it happens to be at the time of Thaipusam, your local guide from Locaguide will be able to help you witness this grand celebration and even participate if you wish to offer your prayers to the Lord.

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Cliff jumping at Jimbaran Panorama Point

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If you’ve ever wanted to try the adrenaline-pumping sport of cliff jumping, Bali’s got a special treat for you.

Located close to the Tegal Wangi Beach around the sapphire-blue Jimbaran Bay is a stunning series of cliffs that drop into 5 to 10 metres into the crystal-clear sea.

The short trek down to these cliffs and the sport itself is the perfect way for you and your friends to spend an adventurous afternoon together.

Cliff jumping at Jimbaran Panorama Point
Cliff jumping at Jimbaran Panorama Point

Though the cliffs are not too high, you’ll see many jumpers showing their skills off here. It’s the perfect place for cliff jumping rookies, who are looking for something exciting but not too intimidating. Add to that, the sheer beauty of this spot and you know you’re in for a good time!

How to get there

The Jimbaran Panorama Point might seem a little difficult to find and navigate, especially for a first-timer. The presence of a local guide is advised to take you down the steep mud and rock trail through thickets that leads to the cliffs. You travel guide from Locaguide will take you safely to the cliffs and also show you local favourites like the secluded Jimbaran Beach, also called the Honeymoon Beach. As you will notice, around sunset, the beach gathers a crowd of many locals to enjoy a spectacular sunset. The beach is also not too far away from resorts, so you can always head back to your hotel if you want to.

Cliff jumping at Jimbaran Panorama Point
Cliff jumping at Jimbaran Panorama Point

Another great way to enjoy the Jimbaran Panorama Point is by bringing along a snorkel, so you can experience the underwater life below the cliffs. Before you think of diving into the water though, it’s wise to make sure the tide is high. Also, since there are many sharp rocks at the bottom, consult your guide who can show you the best places to jump from and the best tide pools to explore at the bottom. 

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The Iconic Kite Festival of Bali

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The Bali Kite Festival embodies everything the island is known for – culture, beauty and unadulterated fun. This annual festival is held in between the months of July and August (sometimes in October) during the dry season to leverage the wind that allows the kites to soar high. It’s rare to see Bali’s bright blue sky free of colourful kites at this time. The air is often filled with Gamelan orchestra music, giving the whole experience a more exciting feel.

Historically, this festival was celebrated to thank Hindu deities for a bountiful harvest. Today, it is easily one of the most spectacular kite festivals in the world. 

Kite Festival of Bali
Kite Festival of Bali

History of the celebration

Kites in Bali are meant to be a symbolic take on different forms, with fish (Bebean), bird (Jaggan), and leaf (Pecukan) shapes being the most popular. These traditional kites are handmade and are a real joy to watch them being created. For instance, you can watch the Jaggan kites being fitted with a guwungan, a tightly stretched ribbon that vibrates in the breeze to create a soothing humming sound. Create a personalized trip itinerary with help from a local travel guide from Locaguide to include a behind-the-scenes tour of kite making workshops.

Kite Festival of Bali
Kite Festival of Bali

If you’re looking to fly a kite yourself, or even participate in the kite flying competition, then the eastern coast of the Padang Galak is the best place to be. The largest event, the International Kite Festival is held here at the Sanur beach and contestants from all over the world travel here to participate. As the festival dates change according to weather conditions, it’s best to check with your hotel in advance to see if they’re aware of the dates. Once the dates are frozen, connect with Locaguide and request for a local tour guide for an amazing experience in Bali!

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The traditional Legong dance of Bali

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The spirit of Bali has always been in its ancient Hindu traditions, beautifully infused into its art and culture. The music and the dance-dramas of this mystic place derive their storyline and characters from the ancient Hindu scriptures, prominently the Ramayana, often entwined with various elements from the Balinese historic kingdoms. The traditional Legong is one such dance form.

The Legong dance, which has become a Balinese cultural emblem to the outside world, is one of the most popular among a list of cultural dance performances native to this magical island.

 

Historical significance


The dance, which developed during Bali’s feudal era, is usually performed by three young girl dancers. One of them acts as a maid, who dances the opening act and the other two dancers perform the main part. Beautifully dressed in colourful attires, the dancers look as traditional as you’d imagine — with gold brocade costumes, intricately-designed gold ornaments, and headdresses decorated with frangipani flowers.

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Legong dancers

Traditionally a long ceremonial dance performance, the Legong, when performed for guests, is abridged to a 90-minute version. There are various versions of the Legong dance, and the most popular among them is the Legong Keraton, which developed in the 1920s.

The dance can be seen throughout Bali during festive seasons, but in Ubud and Sukawati, it is performed round the year for tourists. A local guide can be booked with Locaguide, who can take you to the best Legong performance available for your convenient date and time.

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Legong dancers performing

With the help of the local guide, you can ensure that you get a legit ticket to one of these dance performances without getting duped by children who try selling these ticket along the way to the show. Usually, the ticket also functions as a brochure explaining the performance, so that you get the essence of what is being enacted. Each slight finger movement, facial expression, footwork, and gesture of the Legong dance has a meaning attached to it, and your guide could also help you understand the various nuances during the show.

A holistic Balinese experience is impossible without witnessing one of these traditional dance-drama forms of Bali, such as the Legong dance. Arrive early at the place your local guide recommends, get a front-centred seat, and enjoy the performance to its fullest!

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Bali’s iconic Kecak dance

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Imagine dozens of men in traditional Balinese costumes, loudly chanting and dancing in rhythm in a large circle, while immaculately dressed actors enact stories from the Ramayana around fire torches. That’s what the iconic Kecak dance of Bali looks like. Based on the Hindu mythology of Ramayana, the actors and dancers enact how Ram and his brother Lakshman rescued the former’s wife, Sita, from the evil Ravana.

The Kecak dance has been recognized internationally as a unique Balinese art form that is performed every evening at the Uluwatu Temple and the Tanah Lot Temple.

Bucket List Item in Bali

The performance draws a massive crowd and is regarded as one of the top 10 activities to do in Bali. You can ask your local travel guide to take you to either one of the two locations and club this activity with a visit to the respective temples for a perfect way to end the day.

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Kecak dance performance

This dance form is quite dramatic in more ways than one and gives the audience a glimpse of rich Balinese culture and traditions in a beautiful setting. With the sun setting in the background, the stage is set for a dramatic performance by the actors, while the fire torches at the centre stage add to the ambience. The presence of fire is of much significance in this dance in order to portray how Ram’s loyal aide Hanuman burnt Ravana’s territory in their attempt to rescue Sita. There are no musical instruments used in this act, but the synchronised chanting of the dancers provide a wonderful backdrop for the entire performance.

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Kecak dance fire performance

If you are looking to have a truly authentic cultural experience in Bali beyond the usual tourist attractions, watching the Kecak dance is a must! These days there are also slight variations of the original performance enacted in certain places in Bali using a different storyline from the Ramayana. So if you’d like to watch something different, ask your guide from Locaguide to take you to the right places. A magical setting, coupled with gripping performances by the dancers, makes this one of the top things to do in Bali!

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