“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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Ijen Crater Banyuwangi

Ijen Crater is one from many active volcanic crater in Indonesia, this crater is located in East Java – Banyuwangi, it took approximately 3 hours by car from Ketapang Bay. Once you arrive on the based of the crater you will need to build tend to camp and start hiking at 2am in early morning. The track is not really hard since there is a good footpath along the crater, so it will be no problem for beginner. It took almost 3 hours to climb the crater, after 2 hours you will able to smell the sulfur and you will see many mainer walking up and down with bamboo basket on their shoulders full with Sulfur.

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SD 1 Blandingan – Kintamani Bali

I visited school deep in the village of Bali. Their school is not as lucky as others school where it has a proper building to study and resources. Some of student had to walk 7 kilos to reach the school by walking up tp 3 hours to reach the school, often the teacher will reward them money around 5 thousand rupiah ( not even 1 dollar) to convince them to come to school. We came to their school to bring some books, school uniform and teach and at the end of the session we play balloons.

 

 

 

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