Birgit im Abenteuerland

Ogoh Ogoh Dance & Nyepi Day

Nyepi is one of the most important and sacred holidays on the Balinese Hindu calendar. It celebrates the end of the old year and the start of the new year and coincides usually with the end of the rainy season.

The day of Nyepi is one of complete and utter inactivity and silence (from 6am to 6am the following day). The believes say that when the evil spirits descend they decide that Bali is uninhabited and leave the island alone for another year. Everything all over Bali comes to a stop during Nyepi. No road, sea or air transport takes place, shops, restaurants or bars are closed, nobody is allowed to go outside on Nyepi Day. Only minimum lighting can be turned on, it’s advised to keep all the window blinds shuts. Conversations are asked to be kept to a minimum too and also the volume should be as low as possible.

This is Nyepi, the start of the new year. The old year leaving is celebrated with the Ogoh Ogoh Dance. For that the local villages have built large monster statues which are carried through towns in a parade. The dance with them which is said to confuse the evil spirits. At the end of the parade those monsters are burned.

 

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