“Ngerupuk” ritual one day before Silent day in Bali

Bali is famous for its culture and ceremony, one of the biggest ceremony in Bali is called Nyepi or simply called “Days of Silence” that celebrate once a year according to Balinese calendar and it usually happen around middle of March. Apart from Nyepi as the main ceremony, there is a unique ritual on the day before Nyepi which is called “Ngerupuk” as part of the Nyepi, on this day there will be a Ogoh – ogoh paraded that will be held during the night. Ogoh – Ogoh is an evil creature that traditionally made from bamboo by the Banjar and the kids at the local council (nowadays many ogoh – ogoh are made from styrofoam). It took almost a month and half to make this evil creature from the scratch and the youth organisation of the council also will prepare dance and gambelan perfomance to tell the story of their creature.

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Let me show you a visual story of Ngerupuk day in my local council from the making of Ogoh – ogoh, dance and Gambelan rehearsal until the big day to perform in my village. My village called Legian Village and there are three Banjars in Legian which is Legian Kelod, Legian Tengah and Legian Kaja. All the Banjar do their best to create the Ogoh – Ogoh from the dance and the Gambelan instrument.

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Tenganan Pegringsingan Village Karangasem – Bali

This all photo is a story of villagers in Tenganan Pegringsingan village Karangasem Bali. Tenganan is a small village in east part of Bali, this village famous known as “Bali Aga” which is mean the real Balinese people with old Bali tradition and way of Life. People who lived in Tenganan Village have their own rule little bit different than other Balinese who live in more develop area. They have their own dates, time and tradition, such as majority the people who lived in Tenganan still wearing sarong as their daily life clothes.

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