Nyepi (Silent Day)

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Nyepi (Silent Day) Bali Reviews

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Silent Day – Nyepi Aug 24, 2011
Nyepi, is a day when there’s no activity happens in Bali. No one on the street, no office open, no shops open, NOTHING! This day happens once a year, and this year (2011) will be on the 5th March 2011. For Balinese, the supposed to do meditation, to calm their heart, to fast (no drink or eat), or even they have to stay up for 24 hours until the next day.

Actually, this is one of a Hindu thing. But, for the other religions have to respect it. There should be no TV, electricity, fire and activity. There should be NOTHING and SILENT. But, since this is a modern era, so many people still turn the lights on, cooking or watching TV or movies or so.I do though :P

But the good thing is, in the nyepi night…. you will see the stars shining soooo bright. :)

Anyways, the night before Nyepi, there’s a ogoh-ogoh festival. So, everyone in Bali in certain area make some statue made of stereofoam and sponges with scary faces. This festival starts at 7pm, the youngster of the local area will bring the statues goes around the area and then bring it to a certain place (usually in a big intersection) and then make a competition with others.

But the main idea of this festival is that statues attract the bad spirit to come, to fight with them and hash them away. Then after the festival, the people will burn all the statues so the bad spirit won’t come back again. Haha.. my English is very bad :P

A day before the silent day, there will be a ceremony called “MELASTI”

This ceremony held in every area of Bali. And the aim of the ceremony is to keep everything which are kept in the temple holy. So, people from a certaint area/ certaint village will gather in one place (local temple) and then they will go to the nearest beach to do the ceremony and pray. Some people will release a head of pig, or ducks or chicken or some other anymals. Some also will put some offering on the beach. They believe in doing that will keep the sacred things on their temple holy.

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