In the face of the influx of western influence into Bali, such as extravagant homes and villas and hotels the Balinese architects have, for the most part, managed to remain the proud, accomplished builders in Balinese architecture they are. They have also perpetuated the existence of traditional Bali design because of their dedication to it.
The ‘undagi’ are the traditional Balinese architecture, and it is rumored that before designing and building any new structure, they take their modern ideas and consult ancient manuscripts in order to ensure an authentic Balinese erection by following the guidelines in the ancient scribes. In traditional Balinese architecture and design, a roof is constructed of bamboo and rattan, and then tapered to a point. Elaborately carved doors and furniture serve to celebrate the splendor of the temples with their timeless elegance and beauty. Several examples of gorgeous woodcarvings can be found lining the corridors of the Holiday Inn Bali Hai. The goddess Saraswati is the object of the aforementioned carvings, and she is the goddess of science and art. As an aside, the Balinese calendar year is 210 days long, so every 210 days is the day to celebrate Saraswati as the goddess of knowledge.
The gorgeous island for Bali holidays hardly needs diversions to keep the tourists who flock to stay in beautiful villas interested, but in case the mood strikes, there are many native art exhibits, along with a popular festival that takes place every year for one month from mid June to mid July. This is a perfect time for tourists to learn more about the cultural history and traditions of Bali. It was not originally intended for tourists so much as it was intended to instill a sense of local pride and remembrance of native traditions. It began in 1979, put on by the government to emphasize the cultural arts of Bali. The festival called Pesta Kesinian Bali is in its thirty-third year and is held at the Art Center in the city of Denpasar.
Each year focuses on a particular theme that carries deep meaning to the native Balinese people. The 2011 theme was ?Sudamala? which means to explore the purity of conscience?. There are activities held every day, ranging from parades, to native dances and wonderful markets. It was first held to help locals remember their culture and create local awareness and preservation of tradition. In addition, the government wanted to build the potential of the local culture so the Balinese cultural art festival could become a World Festival someday.