Ogoh-ogoh [Nyepi] is a Balinese Hindu New Year

Ogoh-ogoh are statues built for the Ngrupuk parade, which takes place on the eve of Nyepi day in Bali, Indonesia. Ogoh-ogoh normally have form of mythological beings, mostly demons.
As with many creative endeavours based on Balinese Hinduism, the creation of Ogoh-ogoh represents spiritual aims inspired by Hindu philosophy.
The main purpose of the making of Ogoh-ogoh is the purification of the natural environment of any spiritual pollutants emitted from the activities of living beings (especially humans).
The forms of Ogoh-ogoh represent the Bhuta-Kala (Bhuta: eternal energy, Kala: eternal time), according to Hindu teachings. The imperceptible potentials of nature cannot be thoroughly explored by anyone. Philosophically, civilized men are required to manage the natural resources without any attempts to damage the environment itself.

Aside from being the symbol of Bhuta-Kala, Ogoh-ogoh is considered a symbol of modes of nature that form the malicious characters of living beings. Ogoh-ogoh is usually made by the group of artists found in villages around Bali. After being paraded on a convoy around the town, finally it is burnt to ashes in a cemetery as a symbol of self-purification.

Friday evening March 4, 2011 is Pengerupukan Day which is the day before Hari Raya Nyepi (New Year Caka 1933) for the People of the Hindu religion on the island of Bali in particular and in Indonesia generally. Pengerupukan At this time a little different toprevious years due to awareness of his people is getting better .While Perade Ogoh-ogoh still held as of year - the previous year and almost in every village of Ogoh - ogoh Competition was held, in addition to creativity and art shows, targets and main objectives of ogoh-ogoh is the symbol of Bhuta Kala or upakara offerings givento him not to interfere mankind. Ogoh-ogoh is made from around the existing serana human life as Wood, Bamboo, Paper, Fabrics, Cat and others understand the mythology and are usually shaped like Satan / giant (Bhuta Kala) or the shape of animals, or people who look strange puppets like drunkard.

The next day Saturday, March 5, 2011 is Nyepi, which is very different from the Hari Raya in general, why is that ?, because at this time Hindus hold Tapa Brata / Fasting a day (24 hours from 06.00 pm until 06.00 pm the next day ) Tapa Brata / fasting as noteating, drinking, smoking / turn on the lights, does not work, nottraveling, not comfort yourself / have fun.

While the next day Sunday, March 6, 2011 is Day Ngembak Geni more or less means the freedom to do the activity again after over24 hours to do Tapa Brata.
Nyepi Day is held every once a year and usually in March next year

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