While Chinese have the Imlek celebration and Muslims celebrate the first of Muharram, the Hindus of Bali celebrate the New Year with the ritual of Nyepi. This year, based on the Saka calendar, Nyepi will falls on March 21, 2015. On that day, the entire island of gods will come to a complete silence. Starting from 6 AM until 6 AM the next morning, the Balinese will be fasting and meditating, Nyepi is a day of self-reflection. No activities allowed during that day, no lights at homes, no planes will land or take off for 24 hours, no shops are open and no one will be working or allowed to be on the streets and beach. The only people will be seen outdoors are Pecalang or the watchmen.
Before Nyepi, there are two rituals performed 3 or 4 days before, the first is the Melasti Ritual. This ritual is dedicated to Sanghyang Widhi Wasa (the All-in-one God) in the Pura or Balinese temple near the sea. It is meant to purify the sacred objects of the temples and to acquire sacred water from the sea. On the day before Nyepi, the Hindus held the Bhuta Yadnya ritual, which is a ritual of sacrifice. It is meant to appease the Batara Kala through Pecaruan offering, so they will be sacrificing chicken, ducks, pigs, goats and cows or bulls along with various plants and crops as part of the offerings. At sunset, Balinese people will gather on the streets for the parade of Ogoh-Ogoh, Balinese distinct giant puppets that depict the Bhuta or the evil spirit. The ritual then continued by burning all the Ogoh-Ogoh as a symbol of the eradication of any evil influences in life, the procession is called Pengrupukan.
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