Book and Stay – Casa Mateo Early Bird 2018

August 1, 2017 Leave a comment

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We have special Early Bird Promotion for period stay: 15th January – 30th June 2018

Booking period: Immediately – 28th February 2018

Enjoy our Rate:
Low Season Rate: US$ 850.00 net/night
High Season Rate: US$ 1,050.00 net/night
Minimum stay for 5 Nights

Booking Period: During period of March 2018

Enjoy our Rate:
Low Season Rate: US$ 875.00 net/night
High Season Rate: US$ 1,100.00 net/night
Minimum stay for 5 Nights


Inclusive:
All inclusive 5BR villa with private pools & Sauna for 10 persons
Daily housekeeping and professional chef
A refreshing welcome drink and canapé on arrival
Return airport pick up& drop
Free Wi-fi

Complimentary:
Daily breakfast
1x 30 minutes Massage per person (Max 10)
1x Asian BBQ Dinner (Max 10)
Afternoon Tea

SEASON:
Low season period: 6th January to 30th June (Excluding Easter) and September 16 to December 19.
High season period: 30th March to 6th April (Easter Period) and 1 to 31 July and September 15.
Peak season period: 1 to 30 August and December 20 to 6 January (Christmas and New Year).

Please contact  us at info@balicasa.net for more detail information

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Metatah, Tooth Filing Ceremony

April 21, 2018 Leave a comment

Metatah, mepandes or mesangih are the local words for tooth filing ceremony, one of the important ceremonies in Balinese life. The ceremony is performed for Hindu Balinese when they come of age. Even though, it doesn’t mean that this ceremony must be done as soon as the children had reach his/her puberty. Many Balinese have this ceremony done after few years, even after they got married and have children. Many reasons why Balinese family don’t do this ceremony as soon as their children get puberty, one of them is financial to cover expenses as when they perform metatah (due to the customary local community) they usually invite all relatives, friends and banjar (community member of the village where they live) as well.

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Metatah ceremony can be carry out at home as a family feast, or at grya (high priest house) which is the simplest one, private and invite nobody, or join ‘collective metatah’ in the village, coordinated by the banjar(community council). However, it doesn’t necessary all about money if someone do not do metatah at home but join collective metatah or at grya.

Metatah is an important ceremony for Balinese. Every Hindu Balinese undergo metatah in their life. In case if somebody die and they have no metatah ceremony yet, the family will do this ceremony before bury their body so they soul can meet their parents’ soul afterlife.

Metatah ceremony is symbolic to release someone from ‘sad ripu‘ shackle (six negative characters of human): Kama (negative desire), lobha (greed), krodha (anger and cruelty), mada (intoxication and madness), moha (confusion), and matsarya (jeaulosy).

Casa Mateo – Guest 30th Birthday Party

April 14, 2018 Leave a comment

Casa Mateo glad to help and arrange every single our guest special request. One of them request, on last March 24th, 2018 we arrange for 30th Birthday Party with outdoor white theme complete with DJ music performance, bartender for serve any kind of cocktail, and any other small surprise.

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Complete with BBQ Western Dinner menu that prepared from our professional chef make their party complete.Casa Mateo always serve all the guest staying with professional way and keep for guest satisfaction is one of our vision.

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Surprise Birthday Cake from the Villa Team

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Guest During Party

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Casa Mateo is one of luxury Villas located in Seminyak area and suit for big group or big family to accommodate them. With large garden make Casa Mateo has very nice venue for make  an event like Wedding, gathering and birthday.

Please visit our website for the detail: https://www.balicasa.net

Ubud Food Festival

April 9, 2018 Leave a comment

Ubud Food Festival returns this year on April 13-15, 2018, as a celebration of diverse Indonesian cuisine and local produce, while also serving as a gathering of the island’s most prominent chefs through a variety of presentations, live cooking demonstrations and culinary tours. This year’s festival once again brings together a host of restaurateurs, food producers, professionals and celebrated figures in the Indonesian food and beverage industry.

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The annual event is held over the three days, besides offering you the opportunity to discover the wealth and variety of Indonesian cuisine, the Ubud Food Festival also features special events such as organic and culinary markets that allow you to discover and purchase the freshest farm items from the island’s best producers. Side events also include live music concerts highlighting local bands, as well as yoga, film screenings and food photography workshops.

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Tickets are available at the festival’s box office at Taman Kuliner on Ubud’s Jalan Raya Sanggingan, or directly at the special event venues throughout Ubud. This festival hub will also be open as the main venue where free events and hosted talks are held, and where public visitors can enjoy food and drinks, as well as the live music highlights and fresh market bazaars.

 

Isra and Mi’raj

April 6, 2018 Leave a comment

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Isra and Mi’raj, also known as Al Isra’ wal Miraj, is observed on the 27th day of the month of Rajab, the seventh month in the Islamic calendar. This event marks the night that Allah (God) took Mohammad (also known as Mohamed or Muhammed) on a journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and then to heaven.

What Do People Do

Customs around Isra and Mi’raj vary between different Islamic communities. Some people spend the evening or night listening to or studying the story of Isra and Mi’raj in a mosque or at home. They may also decorate their homes or communities with candles or small electric lights and share food, particularly sweets, with each other or prepare a communal meal. People in some communities make a special effort to include children in the celebrations and explain the story of Mohammad’s journey.

Public Life

Isra and Mi’raj is not a public holiday in countries such as AustraliaCanadathe United Kingdom and the United States. However, there may be some local congestion in the evening on roads around major mosques.

Background

The Prophet Mohammad (also written as Muhammad) lived in and around the area that is now Saudi Arabia in the years 570 CE to 632 CE in the Gregorian calendar. According to Islamic belief, God (Allah) took him on a two-part journey sometime around the year 620 CE. The first part of the journey, known as Isra, was from Mecca to the “furthest” mosque. There is some debate about the “furthest” mosque’s location. Some Muslims believe that it signifies a mosque that was far away from Mecca, while others believe that is was the Dome of the Rock (Masjid Qubbat As-Sakhrah) on the Temple Mount (Haram al-Sharif) in Jerusalem.

It is believed that Mohammad was shown heaven and hell in the second part of the journey, known as Mi’raj. He talked with many prophets, including Jesus and Moses, in heaven. He also received instructions on Islamic prayer. Mohammad returned to Mecca before the end of the night. Some Islamic scholars regard Mohammed’s journey as a spiritual experience while others see it as a physical journey. His journey is remembered and commemorated on Isra and Mi’raj.

Easter

March 31, 2018 Leave a comment

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Easter also called Pascha (Greek, Latin) or Resurrection Sunday, is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion by the Romans at Calvary c. 30 AD It is the culmination of the Passion of Jesus, preceded by Lent (or Great Lent), a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance.

Most Christians refer to the week before Easter as “Holy Week”—it contains the days of the Easter Residuum, including Mandy Thursday, commemorating the Mandy and Last Supper, as well as Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus. In Western Christianity, Easter tide, or the Easter Season, begins on Easter Sunday and lasts seven weeks, ending with the coming of the fiftieth day, Pentecost Sunday. In Eastern Christianity, the season of Pascha begins on Pascha and ends with the coming of the fortieth day, the Feast of the Ascension.

Easter and the holidays that are related to it are movable feasts which do not fall on a fixed date in the Gregorian or Julian calendars which follow only the cycle of the sun; rather, its date is determined on a Solaris calendar similar to the Hebrew calendar. The First Council of Nicaea (325) established two rules, independence of the Jewish calendar and worldwide uniformity, which were the only rules for Easter explicitly laid down by the council. No details for the computation were specified; these were worked out in practice, a process that took centuries and generated a number of controversies. It has come to be the first Sunday after the ecclesiastical full moon that occurs on or soonest after 21 March, but calculations vary.

Easter is linked to the Jewish Passover by much of its symbolism, as well as by its position in the calendar. In most European languages the feast called Easter in English is termed by the words for Passover in those languages and in the older English versions of the Bible the term Easter was the term used to translate Passover. Easter customs vary across the Christian world, and include sunrise services, exclaiming the Paschal greeting, clipping the church, and decorating Easter eggs (symbols of the empty tomb). The Easter lily, a symbol of the resurrection, traditionally decorates the chancel area of churches on this day and for the rest of Easter tide. Additional customs that have become associated with Easter and are observed by both Christians and some non-Christians include egg hunting, the Easter Bunny, and Easter parades. There are also various traditional Easter foods that vary regionally.

Omed – Omedan, A Unique Tradition From Bali

March 20, 2018 Leave a comment
omed-omedanIndonesia is a rich country not only in natural capital but also in many traditions. We can see that all places in Indonesia have their own traditions that are different each other. In this occasion, I will give the example of tradition that is held in Bali. Of course this island is very famous not only in Indonesia itself but also in the world.
If people from foreign countries hear about Indonesia, many of them think automatically about Bali. This Island is well-known as an island which has many unique traditions. Every part related to Bali Island can attract the tourists from foreign countries. One thing that makes many tourists attract in Bali is that they can involve directly toward the traditions that people do.
There is a “unique tradition Omed-omedan in Bali, Indonesia”. This tradition is held once a year after Nyepi. That tradition is held in Sesetan village, and of course just in that village. Omed-omedan comes from the word omed that means “to pull”.
Therefore, Omed-omedan means ‘to pull one another’. In other word, Omed-omedan is a tradition where a man and a girl are raised. Then, both of them hug and kiss one another. Kissing? Yes, kissing one another. That is a fact.
The History of Omed-Omedan Kissing Festival
The unique tradition Omed-omedan in Bali, Indonesia was held since a long time ago. Firstly this unique tradition was held by the people from Puri Oka, a kingdom in Bali.
After celebrating Nyepi, the people from Puri Oka did the celebration named Omed-omedan. They were very enthusiastic in celebrating Omed-omed. Then, that celebration became noisy.
At that moment, the king of Puri Oka kingdom was sick. The king was very angry because the celebration was very noisy. Then, he came out to see the celebration. He would scold his people. However, after seeing the celebration, Omed-omedan, he felt better and became healthy.
Then, the king did not scold his people and allowed the people to celebrate Omed-omedan. Since then, that tradition is held regularly every year. Some people believe that if this tradition is not held every year, something worst will happen.
In 1970, Omed-omedan was not held because of a certain reason. Then, there was an incident. There were two pigs that fight in the yard of Pura. Both pigs got a serious wound.
Later, both disappeared. People thought that it could be a bad sign. Because of that incident, Omed-omedan is held again until now.
The Steps in Celebrating Omed-omedan:
As stated before, this unique tradition Omed-omedan in Bali, Indonesia is held once a year. This tradition is not held just hugging and kissing. However, there are some steps to do. Firstly, there is a certain ritual to do. Then, Barong bakung dancing is performed to recall the incident of two pigs that fought one another.
After that, the people are divided into two groups: first group consists of young men, and the second group consists of young girls. Both group line up face to face. Then, two people, man and girl, will be selected alternately, lifted up, and paraded in the front position.
After that, they hug and kiss one another. When they do so, each group will pull to separate one another. If they cannot be separated, they will be flushed with water.

Rahajeng Nyanggra Rahina Nyepi Caka 1940

March 16, 2018 Leave a comment

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It was an amazing experience to witness the Melasti ceremony by the sea all over Bali yesterday. This purification ceremony marks the start of Seclusion Day in Bali. It is meant to clean all nature and its content so we can be closer to God. Today, all villages in Bali will hold an exorcism ceremony at the main village crossroad – believed to be the meeting place of demons. In the evening, every village will hold an Ogoh-Ogoh carnival. Each one takes pride in making the scariest paper mache giant, while the kids and teens will have their own take of Ogoh-Ogoh, sometimes in the shape of SpongeBob or Spiderman. The Ogoh-ogoh parade will be carried around the village, with the sweet sound of Bleganjur accompanying the procession. Afterward, each house will celebrate Ngerupuk by making noises and lighting torches to scare off the demons. The peak will be when they set fire to the Ogoh-ogoh as a symbol of getting all evil spirit from their lives.

After all the festivities, comes the silence. The Ngurai Rai International Airport will be closed for 24 hours. The internet by communications provider will be shut down. People are to remain in their houses while following the Catur Brata or four rules. Amati Geni – no fire, light or electronic devices. Amati Karya – no work and no physical activity. Amati Lelanguan – no entertainment. Amati Lelungaan – no travel. For one whole day, all Hindus will have the time to reflect and to get closer to God. If you are traveling to Bali during Nyepi, then do respect this day. Those staying in hotels can still do various activities and enjoy minimum entertainment. At night, don’t forget to go to your garden or rooftop, because this is the one day of the year where Bali is pitch black and you get to see the stars (lots of them). Have a great Seclusion Day, everyone.

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