sun10mar6:00 amNyepi. The Day Before

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The day before Nyepi is where all the action happens. Most shops and restaurants are closed from after midday (but you maybe able to find some open later). In the late afternoon the Ogoh Ogoh begin to be paraded along the main streets of town. Get a vantage point at a busy intersection if you want to watch the parade.

Here is what happens in the days before Nyepi 

In general, the Melasti ceremony is held two to three days before Nyepi. Melasti itself has the meaning of cleansing Bhuana Alit (the power within humans) and Bhuana Agung (the universe) which is carried out in Segara (sea). Usually during the implementation of Melasti, Pralingga-pralingga in the form of Rangda, Barong, Arca and Pretima are also brought and paraded around the village to the nearest beach. Hindus who take part in the Melasti ceremony generally wear white clothes. Melasti is carried out in every village, so that before Nyepi we will often see it along the roads. In Bali Melasti is also called melis or mekiyis

The day before Nyepi,  the Tawur Agung Kesanga ceremony is held at the Puputan Badung field in Denpasar. Tawur Agung Kesanga has the meaning of cleaning the Universe of Bhuana Alit and Bhuana Agung based on the concept of Tri Hita Karana or harmonizing the relationship of three important elements, namely humans and God, humans and nature and humans and humans. Tawur Agung Kesanga is a Bhuta Yadnya ceremony carried out for the welfare and harmony of nature. This yadnya is carried out for the welfare of nature. Balance and harmony in nature are the main focus during life on earth. In each house, a mecaru ceremony is also carried out which has the same meaning as Tawur Agung Kesanga, but the ceremony is on a small scale.

In the evening the pengrupukan ceremony is held, which is a tradition that is still strong in Bali. During the sunset hour, early evening there will be many ogoh-ogoh coming down to the street. Ogoh-ogoh  is a work of sculpture  in  Balinese  culture  that depicts the personality of Bhuta Kala. Bhuta Kala represents the immeasurable and undeniable power (Bhu) of the universe and time (Kala). The Ogoh-ogoh symbolises bad elements that must be destroyed and bring back elements that are good for the environment. The shape and figure of ogoh-ogoh are usually large and frightening to depict the evil nature that exists in the world.  The ogoh-ogoh are paraded around the village carrying torches and accompanied by the bleganjur gamelan. Recently, the ogoh-ogoh has undergone a transformation to adapt to the times, namely starting to use machines so that the ogoh-ogoh’s body can move.

The next day, Saka New Year in Bali begins with silence.


March 10, 2024 6:00 am(GMT+08:00)

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