Nyepi is Balinese New Year and an annual day of silence when all activity comes to a complete standstill for 24 hours. The entire island will literally shut down on 28th March 2017 to deter all evil spirits and negative forces of the underworld from disturbing the peace. It is essentially a time of quiet solitude that the Balinese use for personal reflection.
In the days leading up to this auspicious cultural holiday, every Balinese villages conducts a ritual procession called Melasti whereby sacred temple objects are carried to the sea for purification. Then on the evening before Nyepi Day, giant monster effigies will be paraded through the streets accompanied by traditional gamelan music. Both events provide lots of unique photo opportunities for visitors looking to experience Bali’s rich cultural heritage.
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Omed-omedan is a unique kissing ritual that will place following Nyepi Day on 29th March 2017 in the village of Sesetan.