Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Nyepi or Hari Raya Nyepi is Balinese new year. On this day you can not go out or turn on lights. Only hospitals or police allowed this day to use electricity. It is day of silence and new year of Saka Calendar. For locals day for meditation, silence, fasting and so on religious rituals.

Each year it takes place on different days. In 2012 it was on 23  march and in 2013 it will be on 12 march. It has some calculation to find. It is based on Saka Calendar of Bali.

You can see at the mid night of this day Ogoh-ogoh which symbolize demons. They do parade first and fight with other villages ogoh-ogoh and then burn it. There is also competition for beauty contest for ogoh-ogoh. In fact it is one of the rituals parading them demonstrating to fight each other and then burn them. During this day there are several other rituals too but this one maybe the only one worth to watch.

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