Saturday, March 24, 2012

Nyepi Day -Balinese New Year

Nyepi is a Balinese "Day of Silence" that is commemorated every Isaawarsa (Saka new year) according to the Balinese calendar (in 2012, it falls on March 23rd). It is a day of silence, fasting, and meditation. The day following Nyepi is also celebrated as New year. Observed from 6 a.m. until 6 a.m. the next morning.

Balinese children carry an Ogoh-ogoh effigy, symbolizing the evil spirit, during a ritual ahead of Nyepi day in Ubud Gianyar, Bali March 21, 2012.  {Reuters}

Balinese women carrying offerings walk during the Melasti ceremony ahead of Nyepi day in Gianyar district, Bali.


Jerick said...

bali is really a mystic. balinese is different from "mainstream" indonesian. and that reason alone makes bali such an interesting place to visit.

Mnason Oanes said...

Looking forward to that Someday when I can finally visit Bali.

Arnaud said...

Very interesting blog. I'll come back to check more !

Hijjaz said...

"Day of Silence" is such a daybreak of whole year Bali's crowd of tourism visit. The moment when Balinese (Hinduism believer) to contemplate in calm and off realm-way.

This silent feast day comes up with huge tolerance among other faith believers in God island, the way to keep the island really shut off in holy contemplation :)

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