Thursday, March 26, 2015

Related celebration of Nyepi, is now re-emerging various traditions that had disappeared for decades

Bali has many unique traditions and interesting to see. But along with the changing times and habits of life that is filled with economic demands, many traditions that began to disappear and no longer done by the Balinese people. Though every tradition that has high social value, and can strengthen the sense of brotherhood among people.

There are many common traditions before and after Nyepi day. Besides ogoh-ogoh, one of the famous is Omed-omedan in Denpasar. Omed-omedan is a tradition that has existed since decades ago and became a routine habit after Nyepi. Omed-omedan now also become a tourist attraction is the main attraction for tourists visiting Bali.

The following is unique tradition of concern to many people before and after Nyepi, worthy to see, and become part of the tourist attractions:

1. Ogoh-ogoh (giant paper dolls).

Ogoh-ogoh parade is part of the celebration of Nyepi, a day before Nyepi day. Beginning ogoh-ogoh is a ritual to ward off evil spirits from the village environment. Ogoh-ogoh is also a symbol of evil in humans that must be destroyed. But now ogoh-ogoh not only become part of the ritual and celebration of Nyepi, is also a tourist attraction and an annual event to attract tourists to come to Bali. Ogoh-ogoh parade routinely performed before Nyepi, implementation is determined based on the Balinese calendar.

2. Omed-omedan (mass kiss).

Omed-omedan better known as mass kiss attraction between men and women. Omed-omedan done after Nyepi, and only performed by youth groups of Satya Dharma Kerti, Banjar Kaja, Sesetan Village, South of Denpasar. Omed-omedan has become a tradition and part of the ritual. Many foreign tourists accidentally saw this tradition and is part of the tour during Nyepi.

3. Mebuwug-buwugan (playing mud).

Mebuwug-buwugan tradition is relatively new, but actually never done about 60 years ago, but lost and was not performed again for 60 years, has now raised again by the residents of Denpasar, after a reclamation plan in Benoa Bay. Mebuwug-buwugan is playing mud activities. Only done by males, children to parents. They first perform naked without clothing, but now only wearing a tank top to cover the genitals. Mebuwug-buwugan done the day after the Nyepi, along with tradition of Omed-omedan in Sesetan, Denpasar Bali.

4. Med-field (tug of war).

For more than 34 years, Med-medan tradition never done, now raised again by the citizens of Desa Adat Tuban, Kuta, Badung. Med-medan is a traditional sport, tug of war rope of banyan tree roots. Med-medan tradition held the day after Nyepi Day (NgembakGeni).

5. Mesabatan Api (fire war).

Mesabatan Api is a ritual done by the villagers of Ubud, Gianyar, Bali. Residents of Banjar Nagi, Ubud Bali, held tradition Mesabatan Api (fire war), a day before Nyepi. This tradition followed by all youth or anyone resident in the village who were brave enough to take part in this tradition. This tradition comes a day before Nyepi Day, after ogoh-ogoh parade, carried out at night.

6. Lukat Geni (bath fire)

This tradition is almost the same as that carried out by residents of Ubud in Banjar Nagi. Lukat Geni often called bath with fire. Performed by members of Puri Satria Kawan, Banjar Satria, Dawan village, Klungkung. Lukat Geni is a tradition that has been inherited from generation to generation Puri Satria Kawan citizens. This tradition comes a day before Nyepi, after ogoh-ogoh parade.