Sunday, 6 March 2011

Silent day / NYEPI - Caka new year 1933

5 March 2011, is The Day of Silence" that is commemorated every Isakawarsa (Saka new year) according to Bali's calendar. It is a day of silence, fasting, and meditation.

Observed from 6 a.m. until 6 a.m. the next morning, all balinese hindusm reserved for self-reflection and as such, anything that might interfere with that purpose is restricted. The main restrictions are: no lighting fires (and lights must be kept low), no working, no entertainment or pleasure, no traveling, and for some, no talking or eating at all.

Before, start silent day, many balinese hindu follower celebrate The Bhuta Yajna Ritual. 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.

In the end, the statue will burn inside the fire. A symbol purification and the loss of all the evil passions of the earth.

Now the only remaining silence,peace and love for the universe. Om Santhi, Santhi Santhi...

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