One of the aspects that truly strikes a Western visitor to Bali is how religion is infused in everyday life. Most of Indonesia is Muslim, but the majority of the Balinese practice a form of Hinduism. Celebrations are a huge part of the culture and on our first day we witnessed a religious procession, although I wasn't as quick on the taking the photos as I should have been.
We also got to witness some kind of ceremony that shut down the street we were trying to go down.
These offering boxes were set up for a major holiday that happened right before we arrived and lined many of the streets.
Making offerings is a huge part of daily life in Bali. Made of beautiful woven grass and flowers, these offerings are immediately consumed by the gods, which is good since they were so numerous it was hard not to walk over them at times. Sometimes they contain rice and Ritz crackers, much to the delight of the neighborhood dogs and the birds that get to eat them.
We also witnessed the Balinese making these offerings on a daily basis. The amount of time they devote to their religion is inspiring.
The beauty found in everyday life in Bali, especially in the little touches, really impressed us. We enjoyed our time in the heartland of Bali but it was time to head to the beach again!