Halloween in Bali

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Do you know that Halloween is celebrated by the Balinese? Yes, it is not trivial, but Western influence has managed to make its way into Balinese culture to see the birth of the festive halloween. This can easily shock when you know the origins of Halloween that go back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. Celtic Feast, which once animated the evenings over 2,000 years ago in the region now known as Ireland

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For the Balinese, Halloween parties are like crazy parties in Bali the day before Nyepi. Nyepi, the Hindu New Year and the most important day of Hinduism. The night before Nyepi, the Balinese go crazy with “Oga Oga” (the scary floats) because they want to scare the evil spirits. The next day you must stay in the house and be very quiet; otherwise evil spirits will come back and possess you. You can compare these crazy and scary nights with Halloween nights.

However, Halloween is a typical Western tradition. For the Balinese, Halloween has nothing to do with their religion. Due to the growth of tourism and the great Western influence, Bali started to celebrate Halloween in one way or another. Restaurants and international hotels are passionate about Halloween and start disguised parties with great prices for the scariest Halloween costume. The most famous holidays always take place on the Saturday before Halloween.

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If you’re looking for a scary costume for Halloween, go to a famous couturier. The couturiers of the common tourist cities know this western tradition. Just show them a picture of the costume you’d like to have (and maybe bring them the material if it’s something special) and they’ll personalize it for you.

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If you want to burn a scary face in a pumpkin, you do not have to look for a normal pumpkin. Try to buy a “labu parang” – it’s an Indonesian pumpkin-shaped pumpkin known – although the color is a little different.

The great thing about Halloween in Bali is that if you find the right place to celebrate, it’s truly a great experience.

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Discover a Secret waterfall in Mauritius

Eau Bleue Waterfall is simply amazing and offer a magical view of the wild side of Mauritius island. Named after its turquoise ponds, Eau Bleue Waterfall is a must for nature lovers.

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Located on the southeast of Mauritius island, Eau Bleue Waterfall with its breathtaking views only 20 minutes from Curepipe is perfect for a day off the beaten path for a weekend getaway and a must things to do in Mauritius.

How to reach eau Bleue waterfall

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Eau bleu waterfall situated on the Central Plateau, 20 minutes from the town of Curepipe, Eau Bleu, also called Cascade Rama sources off the Eau Bleu reservoir, in central south of the island

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Eau Bleue was named after its stunning azure color and the purity and clarity of its water. What explains this unique and natural color? During summer, Eau Bleue is supplied by underground water springs which give the river and the ponds that turquoise glare.

If you want to discover all the five waterfalls, do equip yourselves with suitable clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses and closed shoes. You also need to possess an average fitness level in order to hike in the area. Watch out for steep paths or paths covered with thick vegetation and roots. The area also becomes slippery during the raining season.

Discover Mexico: A mysterious island with ghosts dolls

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In the marshy area of Xochimilco, south of Mexico City, is probably the most scary place in Mexico. After a long trip through an extensive network of canals, we can discover an abandoned island where the trees, covered with small mutilated bodies, offer a vision of a nightmare. Become one of the strangest sights in the world, this island is known as the “isla munecas the” Island of the dolls.

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The history of the island starts in the 50s, when a Don Julian Santana Barrera decides to live as a hermit, leaving women and children behind. Shortly after arriving on the scene, Don Julian became convinced that they are haunted by the spirit of a little girl drowned in the canal that borders the island. To appease the ghost of the girl and protection from evil spell, Don Julian will start collecting old abandoned dolls that sometimes drift with water. One by one, he will hang from the trees of the island, forming a strange mausoleum in honor of the deceased child.

Don Julian will even go out of his hermitage to collect dolls advantage of in landfills, and aboriginal even take the habit of exchanging him against waste dolls that vegetables grown on the island. Small silhouettes mutilated then accumulate hundreds, literally covering vegetation. Over the years, they break down horribly, rain and sun eroding their faces with empty eyes. Attached to the branches by son of rusty iron, they are often covered with spider webs or dirt when they are not dismembered.

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The island was really discovered by the public in the 90’s, during one of the Xochimilco canals cleaning program. The “trajineras” local gondolas, could then access them freely, and the island of dolls became a kind of macabre and surreal attraction. However, it is not on the classic tourist routes, and must specifically ask the boats drivers for a tour. Two hours through a maze of canals navigation is required to access it, but those who have visited the island speak for a unique experience, as a degenerate art installation in which one feels observed everywhere.

Don Julian Santana Barrera was found drowned April 17, 2001, at the age of 80 years. He lived alone on the island for the last 50 years of his life, the heart of his absurd and grandiose work. Now only occupying places, dolls slowly continue to rot in the sun of Mexico, but according to local superstitions, we could see them moving when the night comes ..

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