Balinese Observe Nyepi Day of Silence

Ogoh-ogoh, sculpture of Butha kala, a mightiful giant creature in Balinese mithology. Ogoh-ogoh is usually performed a day before Nyepi day.  Tomorrow, 23rd March 2012, the Balinese Hindus will observe Nyepi day of silence to mark the new year in Balinese calender.

If the westerners open the New Year in revelry, in contrast, the Balinese open their New Year in silence. This is called Nyepi Day, the Balinese day of Silence, which falls on the day following the dark moon of the spring equinox, and opens a new year of the Saka Hindu era which began in 78 A.D. Continue reading “Balinese Observe Nyepi Day of Silence”