The month of Ramadan, considered the most sacred of the year by Muslims, has just ended. Indonesia is the country with the largest Muslim population in the world. The “month of fasting” (or bulan puasa) is therefore one of the most important religious events in the country.
Bali is an island where Hindu culture is the main religion. Ramadan is not as important here as in the rest of Indonesia. The only impact on daily life is that some restaurants or vendors of Muslim faith respect the hours of fasting and are closed during the day. The impact on the lives of tourists is therefore relatively small.
Local hotels and restaurants sometimes offer local halal menus, to discover the local and traditional cuisine of this holiday period. On the other hand, the warungs will tend to open a little later than usual.
The end of Ramadan is marked by the week of Idul Fitri, a week of national holidays. This week, the traffic in Bali will be much more fluid, since non-Balinese locals have the habit of leaving the island to celebrate this event with the family.
However, towards the end of Idul Fitri holidays, traffic conditions will resume because of the arus balik or “return” to Bali. The streets and main ferry port of Gilimanuk west of Bali will be the most hectic. Most transport will also be complete for several days, while life and business return regularly to normal.
The nightlife in Bali is not affected by Ramadan. In Jakarta and other major cities in Indonesia, you will not find alcohol on the menu during Ramadan. On the other hand, in Bali, bars, discos and beach clubs will always serve cocktails and frozen Bintangs.