Respecting Others, Religion, Cultures and Environments – Balinese People Etiquette

Balinese People Etiquette is a code of behaviour that delineates expectations of social behaviour according to the contemporary conventional norms within a society, social class or group of people on Bali Island. Furthermore, this etiquette is very simple and everyone easily to adapt with the social norm among the Balinese people. Balinese people are inclusive by nature and take great pride in their heritage. Therefore, they do not mind visitors observing ceremonies and traditional dances, just as long as they follow a few simple, basic points of etiquette. In addition, this etiquette will guide the visitors/tourists to pay attention again to the conventional norms that are still preserved by the Balinese people. Because, it will help the tourists to respect and understand the local behaviour, cultures and norms.

Unique and Need to Know About Balinese People Etiquette

Greetings – Om Swastiastu and Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti Om

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Visiting a Temple

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Balinese Hindu Procession 

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Other Lists of What to Do or Don’t

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  • Never touch the head of local people.Do not pointing the finger even the middle finger to the local people.
  • Seating above than the older people or the people respected is rude.
  • Always wearing the polite /casual clothes even wearing sarong whenever you join with the ceremony or take a picture of them.
  • Don’t step in front of anyone to snap a photo and do not sit higher than the local priest presiding over the ceremony


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