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Bali Celebrations
Bali Celebrations

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John Hardy is deeply rooted in the culture and history of Bali, and the country is a constant source of inspiration. May and June are especially rich with celebrations including Galungan Day, Pengerebongan and Perang Pandan. 

Galungan Day is the most important holiday symbolizing the victory of Good over Evil (Dharma and Adharma). During this special time, the streets are lined with 'penjors', tall bamboo poles splendidly decorated with woven young coconut leaves and flowers, which symbolize peace. People dress in their finest clothes and jewels this day to celebrate. 

Pengerebongan is a sacred ritual held in Kesiman Village. This event is very unique as people can suddenly be taken over by a mystical and magical trance. The priest will  give a holy water to bring back to the real world after a trance.

Perang Pandan, also called Mekare-Kare, is a ceremony to honor the god Indra (god of war) and ancestors. This ritual is held annually in the village of Tenganan, East Bali. The men are bare-chested and fight with thorny branches in a battle of the gods. 

Poleng is the black and white cloth often seen wrapped around temples or sacred statues and trees in Bali. It symbolizes good and evil, the Yin and Yang of Bali. The Balinese believe that good does not exists without evil and vice versa. To appreciate one, you need to know the other. 

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The Mythical Dragon of Bali
The Mythical Dragon of Bali

We return to our home in Bali, where there is a myth of a dragon with a fierce and protective love for the pearl. The dragon leaves his home in the Balinese volcanos each evening and visits his pearl at the bottom of the sea. When he returns to his lair, his scales shed water into the fields, bringing the island love, prosperity and protection. This dragon, the Naga, is sacred to the Balinese and a symbol of our connection to the natural world. The legend is very much a part of Bali, so the Naga is naturally very much a part of us. This season we returned to the legend's power, giving the collection a new energy and movement; his scales glimmering with black sapphire and eyes burning with richly colored rubies. Discover our home in Bali and explore the power of the Naga collection.

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