Melasti / 25th March 2017
Melasti takes place just a few days before Nyepi. It is a time when every Balinese village carries its sacred temple objects in a procession to the sea or a holy spring to be purified. This elaborate ritual can be observed at beaches around the island.
Ogoh-Ogoh Parade / 27th March 2017
On the evening before Nyepi Day, giant monster effigies are paraded through the streets of Bali accompanied by traditional gamelan music. The object is to create as much noise as possible to deter any evil spirits from disturbing peace on the island. Following the parade, the monsters are burnt as an act of purification to avertthe accumulation ofnegative energy.
Nyepi Day / 28th March 2017
Allforms of activity come to a complete standstill for 24 hours on Nyepi Day, which is also Balinese New Year in accordance to an ancient calendar system. Bali will be shrouded in silence and darkness in the belief that all forces of evil will simply pass overhead if the island appears inhabited. It is a time for quiet solitude and personal reflection.
Omed-Omedan / 29th March 2017
Omed-omedan is a unique kissing ritual that takes placefollowing Nyepi Day in the village of Sesetan. Young males and females from the local community are lifted up and forced to kiss before being doused with buckets of water. This event is supposedly an expression of joy for the first day of the Balinese New Year.