‘ Om Swastiastu...’
On March 28, the Balinese people will celebrate Silent Day to mark a new beginning of Saka New Year. The lights will be out, the streets will be empty and even the airport is closed – no one is allowed to go out or do any outside activities as the Balinese rejoice in silence. One day prior to Silent Day, the Balinese people host an Ogoh-Ogoh Parade where giant bamboo structures depicting traditional or modern characters are paraded and burnt to clean the island from negative energy.
Ogoh-Ogoh Parade has also become one of the attractive traditional rituals for tourists and residents to see. Therefore, if you’re staying in Bali on Silent Day, don’t miss an Ogoh-Ogoh Parade. Better yet, join a Monster-Doll making workshop and make your own ogoh-ogoh at Ganesha Cultural Centre in Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay. You can also learn other Balinese traditional arts and crafts at this cultural center – turn to ‘Lifestyle & Leisure’ for more details.
To honor this year’s Silent Day, we have compiled a number of stories that will make you see the real Bali. Our contributor Agung Parameswara shares the sincerity of the Balinese in worshipping their God and paying tribute to their ancestors in ‘Craft & Culture’. A photo series by Phil Green also captures the devotion of the Balinese in a number of ceremonies – flip through ‘Foto Folio’ to see the images.
Our ‘Dine & Delights’ reveals authentic Balinese cuisine at Raja’s Balinese Restaurant at Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa. Meanwhile, Edna Tarigan and Taufan Wijaya take us out of the island to see the making of Ondel-Ondel in ‘Capital Corner’ and the unique culture of Toraja in ‘Beyond Bali’ respectively.
All in all, we hope our stories will be good company during your Silent Day in Bali. One more tip; if the night sky is clear during the Silent Day, don’t forget to look up... and stargaze.
‘Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om...’
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