Nyepi: Different Experience Celebrating The New Year

Nyepi is a Balinese “Day of Silence” that is commemorated every Isakawarsa (Saka new year) according to the Balinese calendar. This year, the Nyepi Day falls on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 (Saka New Year 1939) is different from most holidays. The new year is usually synonymous with crowds, parties and celebrations, but during Nyepi just the opposite.

That day, Hindus carry four restrictions called Catur Brata Penyepian.

  1. Amati geni : no lighting fires (and lights must be kept low)
  2. Amati karya : no working
  3. Amati lelungan : no traveling
  4. Amati lelanguan : no entertainment or pleasure, and, for some, no talking or eating at all

Many tourists avoid visiting Bali during Nyepi. But few people would choose to visit Bali during Nyepi because it gives a different experience of Bali.

There is a variety of exciting activities ahead of, during and after Nyepi.

  1. Melasti

Two days before Nyepi, the Hindu Melasti ceremony. Melasti is a Balinese Hindu purification ceremony and ritual. In this ceremony, Balinese Hindus will conduct prayer at sea. Various means of worship paraded from the temple to the coast.
In the south of Bali, one of the beaches that can be visited to see this procession is the Sanur Beach. On the east side of Bali, you can stop by the beach Candidasa or Klotok Beach.

  1. Tawur Kesanga

One day before Nyepi called Tawur Kesanga or mecaru. In this day also took place Ngerupuk identical with ogoh-ogoh parade. Ubud, Bali into the right area to watch the parade of ogoh-ogoh. For one day before Nyepi, usually held ogoh-ogoh festival. Ogoh-ogoh itself is a giant puppets made of papier-mache and bamboo frame. Because of its size, ogoh-ogoh be lifted abuzz.

  1. Nyepi, day of silence

Nyepi conducted 24 hours, usually starting at 06.00 am to 06.00 am the next day. Hindus perform four taboos that can not be engaged, not be out of the house, can not be entertained, and not light a fire.
Can not get out or walking trails are rules that must be obeyed by travelers during a visit to Bali on Nyepi Day. Do not worry, the hotel usually has set up activities like yoga. Also plan for a full day of activities.
On Nyepi day tourists can enjoy a rare moment, a look at the stars in the sky with the naked eye at night. There is no pollution during one full day Bali make the night sky bright, clean air, and create a magical atmosphere.

  1. Ngembak geni

One day after Nyepi is called Ngembak Geni. Bali residents to stay in touch with relatives. One tradition that exclamation Day Ngembak Geni is the ritual of Med-Medan or also known as Omed-Omedan.
Go into the village Sesetan in Denpasar, tourists can see a young Balinese alternately kissing.
The procession was so crowded and hectic. Although impressed by the vibrant, local residents view it as a sacred ritual to refuse reinforcements which has been run for generations.

source: kompas.com

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Ubud Event January 2015

JANUARY 9 – DIVINE MASTERCLASS
Wine tasting with bridges’ wine expert

JANUARY 10 – BRIDGING TABLE DINNER
Unexpected encounters over a hosted dinner

JANUARY 12 – SPIRIT NIGHT CONCERT
A heartsongs and healing sounds community concert

JANUARY 19 – GMO OMG
Monday night movie at yoga barn

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Happy New Year 2015

The New Year is the time when the feeling is new..
The Sun is new..
The blessings are new..
The hope is new…
The smile is new..
The joy is new…
The rhythm is new..
The peace is new….
But my wishes for you are not new……
They were, they are and they will be there for you forever….

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Ogoh-Ogoh Festival and Nyepi Day 2010

Bali’s Ogoh-Ogoh Festival has become one of the most popular annual events on the island for both local and foreign visitors. This unique celebration takes place on the day before Nyepi, also known as the day of silence, which this year takes place on March 16th. In the days leading up to the festival, people staying in Ubud and in other areas of the island will notice local communities making their ogoh-ogoh – large wooden effigies of demons and monsters. These elaborate models, fashioned from bamboo and decorated with papier mache, are then paraded through the streets in a noisy procession, accompanied by gongs and burning torches.

Known as Ngrupuk, the purpose of this festival day is to scare off evil spirits before the 24-period of silent reflection begins for Nyepi. Some of the ogoh-ogoh are extremely large and require several people to carry them during the parade. The procession has evolved into a competition in recent years, with the best ogoh-ogoh receiving a prize at the end of the day. On Nyepi, all traffic is banned from the streets as the Balinese people remain indoors with their families. Even the airport is closed for business on this special day and visitors to the island are asked to observe the local custom by staying inside their hotel compounds.

source: prolog.org

photo: inbali.org

Ubud, Favorite Tourism In Asia Conde Nast Traveler Version

During the 2009 Conde Nast Traveler (a travel magazine published by the United States) quietly and without publicity has conducted an assessment of tourist locations in Asia and the results announced at the travel magazine in the January 2010 edition has been put ubud as most favorite tourist attractions in Asia surpassed 8 other attractions in asia like Bankok, Hong Kong, Chiangmai, Kyoto, Singapore, Shanghai, Jaipur and Tokyo.

As a village, Ubud has been able to make itself as an international village. Various kinds of art, culture, no traditions, and unique characteristics of communities and geographical areas are able to make this place became a favorite place to be visited by tourists abroad.

This visit is like a drug Ubud tranquility for its visitors. This is as reinforce the inherent philosophy of this ubud name. Palm based historical look Markandya Purana, Ubud own names transcribed from the word “ubad” (drugs). This is which is the basis and guidelines for leaders and the entire community to make Ubud as a drug in search of peace and inspiration to everyone who came to this village. Continue reading “Ubud, Favorite Tourism In Asia Conde Nast Traveler Version”

About Ubud

Ubud is a town in central Bali, Indonesia. Ubud is a favourite traveler’s destination in Bali and is famous as a centre of Balinese culture, arts and crafts.

Ubud can be described as a magical, wonderful, cultural center. Above all, it is famous as an arts and crafts hub. Much of the town and nearby villages seems to consist of artists’ workshops and galleries, mostly retailing cheap reproductions for tourists. There are some remarkable architectural sights, artistic gems to be found and a general feeling of well being to be enjoyed thanks to the spirit, surroundings and climate.

While Ubud seems to outsiders like one small town, it is in fact 14 villages, each run by its own banjar. Ubud has grown rapidly and some central parts are coping less well with the influx of tourists than others. That said, most development is sympathetic to the zeitgeist, if not designed specifically in the local style. Growth is continuing but there are still terraced rice fields along the rivers and regular, quiet village life carries on relatively undisturbed.

Due to its location 600 metres above sea level, Ubud enjoys somewhat cooler temperatures than the coast (sometimes necessary to bring a pullover for the evening), although the midday sun can still be scorching, and the humidity usually relentless. Continue reading “About Ubud”