NYEPI THE BALINESE DAY OF SILENCE
Once within the Balinese lunar year, the Balinese community and anyone who resides on the island of God’s witness one of the biggest holidays called Nyepi the Balinese Day of Silence. This year, the sacred day falls on Wednesday, March 9th, 2016.
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Melasti (6 & 7 March 2016)
This interesting occasion is usually held three days before Nyepi Day. On this day the effigies of God (“Pratima”) and temple accessories of each village will be brought in a long and colorful procession to the beach or river accompanied by Gamelan orchestra and followed by all villagers in traditional temple clothes.
The philosophy of “Melasti” is to cleanse all impure things of human as well as the universe and to take the essence of life from the ocean.
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Pengerupukan (8 March 2016)
During the sunset time there will be an event called Pengerupukan. Villagers will hold a procession with the fire torch and loud bamboo noises. The procession also includes a giant monster doll called Ogoh – Ogoh, which is made in a form of demon character as a symbol of evil. Before the procession, a ceremony is to perform to invite spirits to occupy the Ogoh – Ogoh, and after the procession another ceremony is held to neutralize the spirits by burning the Ogoh – Ogoh.
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Nyepi Day (9 March 2016)
The main purpose of the Nyepi Day is to pray to the God. Nyepi Day is also known as the day of silence and meditation. During this day, the Leyak (Balinese monster characterization of evil spirit) fly over and passes by the island of Bali, and therefore everybody has to fool them and make them believe that the island is empty and unoccupied.
This is the first year of the New Year.After the noisy night before, a day of silence and quiet is performed. The activities all over Bali, is stopped for 24 hours. The prohibition includes no fire, no work, no entertainment and no travelling.
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