Hindu community in Bali celebrates Nyepi (Day of Silence) on March 9, 2016. Nyepi is a holy day celebrated every first date of the tenth month in Balinese lunar calendar or once a year (354 days). One day after new moon of the ninth month (Mar 8) is the end of Caka Year. Furthermore, after the new moon (Mar 9) is the Caka New Year or known as Nyepi. Celebration of Nyepi begins with melis, mekiyis or melasti procession usually carried out three days before the Nyepi. Destinations of this activity are the sources of water such as the sea, rivers, lakes and other springs considered to have sanctity.
Come and Visit…..The Tanah Lot Baleganjur Festival will be held on July 3-5, 2015. This cultural activity will involve the baleganjur gamelan troupes from 23 customary villages throughout Kediri subdistrict. In addition to the festival, there are also art performances, exhibition of unique culinary treasures of Tabanan, jewelry craft, handicrafts, clothing, paintings, paraphernalia of Hindu spiritual activities, seselet (waist ornate) and souvenirs.
The region of Gianyar held their annual malabuh ketupat ritual which has been tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation as an expression of gratitude to God for the blessing given in the field of agriculture, specifically for the abundant harvest. Hundreds of farmers participated in the ritual that was held at Masceti Temple, Medahan village, Blahbatuh, Gianyar, on Tuesday afternoon (May 26).
At the peak of the Ida Batara Turun Kabeh or congregation of the god ceremony, Friday (Apr. 3) at the Penataran Agung of Besakih, Karangasem, abundant pilgrims flocked to say prayers. From the morning before the peak, pilgrims already worshipped alternately led by local priest. Meanwhile, the peak of the ngusaba kadasa was officiated over by eight higher priests. Six of them say prayers at elephant pavilion accompanied by the coordinator Ida Dalem Semaraputra and two others at paselang pavilion.
Celebration of Nyepi of the Saka New Year 1937 is inseparable from the implementation of ogoh-ogoh parade on the Pengerupukan night before Nyepi, Friday (Mar. 20) at several villages in the city of Denpasar. Tonja and Oongan customary village in North Denpasar subdistrict and Sumer village in East Denpasar, for instance, held the parade of ogoh-ogoh or papier mâché demon concentrated at central intersection of the local village. Implementation of the ogoh-ogoh parade was opened by Denpasar Mayor I.B. Rai Dharmawijaya Mantra accompanied by subdistrict head, customary village chief and headman.
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