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Balinese Arak | Bali Local Spirit Becomes Intangible Cultural Heritage

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New news has come again from the island of Bali. Yes, this is about Balinese Arak Designated as Indonesia's Intangible Cultural Heritage (WBTb).

This determination was carried out by the Indonesian Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology. At the WBTb Determination Session which was held in a hybrid manner (offline and online) from 27 September to 1 October 2021, at The Alana Malioboro Hotel, Yogyakarta Then. That's what Gotravela Indonesia quoted from rri.co.id (5/11/2022).

Balinese Arak Appreciated by the Governor of Bali

In his press statement, Thursday (3/11), the Governor of Bali, I Wayan Koster appreciated the designation of Balinese Arak and 8 other cultural heritages of the Island of the Gods as WBTb.

The 8 other Balinese cultural heritages include Amed's uyah (salt), jaja laklak, Balinese lontar and sate lilit. Sate lilit Karya Pemijilan Ida Bhatara Sakti Ngerta Gumi Community Customs, Rites, and Celebrations), berko performing arts, Mejaran-jaranan (rites), and Serombotan.

In the press release, he also conveyed a message to the Balinese people to care for, preserve and develop this cultural heritage. Apart from that, he also ordered the Heads of Culture Services at both Provinces and Regencies/Cities throughout Bali to actively explore the cultural heritage of the Island of the Gods.

This aims to ensure that the cultural heritage of Balinese Arak can be submitted as WBTb, so that it is recorded and recognized by the state.

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Manufacture Must Maintain Authenticity

Meanwhile, following this determination, the Governor of Bali emphasized that the production must maintain traditional methods, namely by Distillation. “People are not allowed to make sugar wine using the fermentation process. "This is because it will destroy the tradition of Balinese Arak. If you violate this, you will be dealt with firmly," he stressed.

World Spirit Drink

It's legal to be Intangible Cultural Heritage (WBTb), Balinese Arak is now the 7th world spirit drink. Spirit drinks are drinks that fall into Group C with an alcohol content of 25-45 percent. They are made by distillation.

Previously, there were 6 drinks from various countries that were also included in this category. The 6 drinks are Whiskey from Ireland, Rum from West India, Gin from the Netherlands, Vodka from Russia, Tequila from Mexico, and Brandy.

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Cocktail Party as an Expression of Gratitude

As a form of gratitude for the designation of the alcoholic drink typical of the Island of the Gods as WBTb.

The Governor of Bali also held a Cocktail Party and Dinner event coupled with the Rahina Tumpek Landep Celebration on Saturday, November 5 2022. 

Balinese Arak craftsmen, Hotel Managers and Balinese Tourism Entrepreneurs also attended the 'thanksgiving' event which was held at the Office of the Governor of Bali, Jayasabha.

Apart from being a form of gratitude and appreciation, this event is an opportunity to 'announce' the tourism business actors. That traditional alcoholic drinks made from coconut, palm palm and palm palm have received national recognition. So it is suitable to be served as a menu in hotels or restaurants. (y)


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