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Balinese Ceremony

   Nyepi is a Balinese "Day of Silence" that commemorated every Isakawarsa (Saka new year) according to Bali's calendar, It is a day of silence, fasting, and meditation. Celebrating the Hindu's New Year of Saka in Bali has the deepest meaning of all. After all the glitters and shower of light throughout the year in hundreds of places of interest in the isle, the call for reborn should come in quiet and peaceful rhyme. 
   Nyepi is a day to make and keep the balance of nature. It is based on the story of when King Kaniska I of India was chosen in 78 A.D. The King was famous for his wisdom and tolerance for the Hinduism and Buddhism societies. In that age, Aji Saka did Dharma Yatra (the missionary tour to promote and spread Hinduism) to Indonesia and introduce the Saka year.

* First, The Melasti Ritual is performed at the 3-4 previous day. It is dedicated to Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa and is performed at the beach to respect them as the owner of The Land and Sea. The ritual performed in Pura (Balinese temple) near the sea (Pura Segara) and meant to purify Arca, Pratima, and Pralingga (sacred objects) belongs to several temples, also to acquire sacred water from the sea.

* Second, The Bhuta Yajna Ritual is performed in order to vanquish the negative elements and create balance with God, Mankind, and Nature. The ritual also meant to appease Batara Kala by Pecaruan offering. Devout Hindu Balinese villages usually make ogoh-ogoh, demonic statues made of bamboo and paper symbolizing negative elements or malevolent spirits. After the ogoh-ogoh have been paraded around the village, the Ngrupuk ritual takes place, which involves burning the ogoh-ogoh. This ritual has become very popular for tourists to see, It is one of the reason why they come to Bali this time beside feeling how quiet this island on the Nyepi day.

* Third, The Nyepi (Yoga/Brata) Rituals starts at 6:00 AM and continues to 6:00 AM the next day.This ritual is performed with the following conditions:
    Amati Geni: No fire/light, including no electricity
    Amati Karya: No working
    Amati Lelunganan: No travelling
    Amati Lelanguan: Fasting and no revelry/self-entertainment.
* Fourth The Ngebak Agni/Labuh Brata Ritual is performed for all Hindus to forgive each other and to welcome the new days to come.

* Fifth, and finally, The Dharma Shanti Rituals is performed as the Nyepi Day or "Day of Silence."     To see more ceremony click here !