The Balinese are inclusive by nature and take great pride in their
heritage and therefore do not mind visitors observing ceremonies
and traditional dances, just as long as you follow a few simple,
basic points of etiquette. (After all, how would you like a group
of foreign speaking tourists invading your wedding or funeral of
a close relative to snap a few photos?). First, dress appropriately
- smart casual is appropriate - swim wear is not appropriate. Two,
be quiet and respectful. Cameras and camcorders are ok - but try
to be unobtrusive.
Also do not step in front of anyone to snap a photo and do not sit
higher than the local priest presiding over the ceremony. When visiting
temples be aware that you should wear long pants or a sarong with
a selendang tied around the waist (men and women). Whilst you can
take your own every major temple has selendangs to borrow for a
small donation. It is extremely bad form (in fact it’s taboo)
for women who are menstruating to enter a temple.
Lastly a word about being stuck in traffic. If you do find yourself
stuck in traffic for no apparent reason you may have come up on
a Balinese procession on the way to temple. Be patient. No amount
of honking the car's horn is going to speed things up and it's rude
to try and pass.