As we know that many people have chosen Bali as their tourism destination to travel to. Bali has its own charm, with its diverse cultures and landscapes. However, what if you visit Bali —which is also well-known as the Island of the thousand temples, with a different atmosphere?
Try to visit Bali during Nyepi week. Perhaps, it sounds really boring if you are isolated in your hotel room, but do you know, on the Nyepi eve there is a parade of glorious giant doll and it will be one of your unforgettable moment while you are in Bali? Exactly, that is Ogoh-ogoh.
Ogoh-ogoh represents Bhuta Kala (Bhuta: eternal energy, Kala: eternal time according to Sanskrit literature), or evil spirits from traditional Balinese folklore, and represents the visual highlight of the pre-Nyepi (Pengerupukan) celebrations. Ogoh-ogoh is a giant, demon, or monster that made from Styrofoam, cloths, bamboos, and it’s cavalcaded by a lot of people to a place (usually beach) and at last it’s burned. It has the shape of various characters, but it’s especially the creepy one, such as rangda, barong, and even more complicated because it tells a part of Balinese stories (Ramayana), like when Rama fought Rahwana that had kidnapped Shinta. But, nowadays, the shape of ogoh-ogoh itself can be so variegated, like a punk man, corruptors, cartoon and any other else.
The effigies are paraded down thoroughfares at sunset on the day before Nyepi (or known as Pengrupukan), to the tune of traditional gamelan music, where each village or banjar releases one or some of their creation and it’s often to be contested as well. Every participant will carry away their ogoh-ogoh to a determined place while the girls bring the porch or obor. At that place, each banjar will parade and show the attraction that they have prepared, of course along with their ogoh-ogoh. They will dance and narrate what the purpose of ogoh-ogoh they have been created about.
The festivities on Pengerupukan stand in stark contrast to the 24-hour period of silence observed from 6am the next day. Balinese are forbidden from lighting fires, working, and entertainment. Some Balinese go further, fasting and keeping silent for the whole day.
Well, it seems an upside-down situation when you find out the day before Nyepi, most of the people come down to the road, Balinese men lift an ogoh-ogoh in preparation for the Pengerupukan. In the other day, it will present a starkly different picture —the bustling streets and roads so typical of Bali will be silent, with little noise from any quarter (even TVs and radios will be shut off for the whole day). The only persons allowed out during Nyepi are the pecalang, black-clad town enforcers who go on patrol to enforce silence.
On the day of Nyepi, Balinese are expected to meditate in the dark, or pray at their house temples. Balinese are forbidden from entertaining guests, or traveling – in fact, Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport is closed all day during Nyepi. (The airport authorities will make exceptions for hospital flights and other such emergencies, although this will still depend on the say-so of the village chiefs.) At the conclusion of Nyepi, the world is considered to be cleansed from evil.
This is one of the famous parade exists in Bali. It makes thousand tourists from any other country come to Bali, just want to watch the parade which is only done once a year. If you want to see the parade, just come to Bali on the 28th of March to see the parade and you will feel comfortable of silent and peace atmosphere outside, the day after. Enjoy!
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