Even 15 years in Mainz couldn’t prepare me for the processions they have on Balinese New Year. You need to see this video to catch a bit of the high energy, high adrenaline half dance, half mock-fight they performed today on the streets with their “Ogoh-Ogoh” called figures representing demons.
It is about chasing away the evil spirits from the island after quite a few days of ritual and purification in families and communities.
After the frantic and noisy play in the streets the whole island will fall silent tomorrow. This coming day, Nyepi Day, the “Silent Day”, requires EVERYBODY to stay indoors, not to have light or fire (meaning the kitchen stays cold), no entertainment, no action and indeed to preferably stay quiet. Like a nation wide Vipassana retreat day. Even the airport shuts down for 24 hours.
See you on the other side. 😉
Selamat Hari Raya Nyepi! Happy Balinese New Year!
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