Ogoh Ogoh Parade and Nyepi Day (Silence Day)
Due to a different calendar system in Bali, New Year‘s Eve takes place every year around March. In 2019 it is the 6th of March, one day before Nyepi, which is the Silent Day.This is the day where everything in Bali is closed (restaurants, shops, even the airport). You are not allowed to go out on the street.
Before that day Balinese people celebrate Ngrupuk Parade – also known as the ‘Ogoh Ogoh’ Parade. This is a huge Hindu festivity all over Bali. The locals are roaming through the streets, carrying great ‘Ogoh Ogohs’, playing drums, pushing gongs and holding torches. An immersive experience in Bali you won’t ever forget!
The most stunning highlight of Ngrupuk is probably the Ogoh Ogohs. These are giant monster dolls made of light materials: Wood, bamboo, paper, and styrofoam. They are carried on bamboo platforms through the Ogoh Ogoh Parade. They take the shape of mythological, evil creatures and gods to represent negative aspects of living things and criticise society and its latest issues. The name itself comes from ‘ogah ogah’, the Balinese word for ‘shaken’. The scary artworks are indeed shaken when carried through the streets and almost seem to move, dance and come to live. Ogoh Ogoh monsters often have multiple heads and arms and carry swords or pitchforks.