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Silent Day (Nyepi

Nyepi is a Balinese “Day of Silence” that is commemorated every Isakawarsa (Saka new year) according to the Balinese calendar. It is a Balinese celebration mainly celebrated in Bali, Indonesia. Nyepi, a public holiday in Indonesia, is a day of silence, fasting, and meditation for the Balinese.

The day following Nyepi is also celebrated as New Year’s Day. After Nyepi, the youth of Bali in the village of Sesetan in South Bali practice the ceremony of Omed-omedan or ‘The Kissing Ritual’ to celebrate the New Year.

Most Hindu Balinese villages make Ogoh-ogoh, demonic statues made of richly painted bamboo, cloth, tinsel, and Styrofoam symbolizing negative elements or malevolent spirits or even characters from Hindu mythology.

After the Ogoh-ogoh have been paraded around the village, they are burned in the cemeteries although many are displayed in front of community halls for another month or more and sometimes even purchased by museums and collectors.

  • Third, the Nyepi Rituals are performed as follows:
    – Amati Geni: No fire or light, including no electricity
    – Amati Karya: No working
    – Amati Lelunganan: No travelling
    – Amati Lelanguan: No revelry/self-entertainment
  • Fourth, the Yoga/Brata Ritual starts at 6:00 a.m. and continues to 6:00 a.m. the next day.
  • Fifth, the Ngembak Agni/Labuh Brata Ritual is performed for all Hindus to forgive each other and welcome the new days to come.
  • Sixth and finally, the Dharma Shanti Rituals are performed after all the Nyepi rituals are finished.

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