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What Tourists Do On Nyepi Day - Bali's Day Of Silence
ogoh-ogoh the monster
Can you imagine the streets of downtown Kuta in Bali completly empty and devoid of any people at at all. I know its hard to believe but this is what happens on Nyepi Day or the Day of Silence. Nyepi Day is Bali's biggest purification festival designed to flush out the evil spirits of the island. For twenty four hours the island literally shuts down. No one is allowed on the streets, no music, no lights and even the airport closes down. As daunting as this sounds it is a fantastic time to be in Bali as a tourist. On Nyepi Day itself you are confined to your hotel complex but as long as you are quite you can still swim and play outside. Most hotels employ Javanese staff , so you will still be able to get food and other things done for you. It is the Nyepi eve celebrations that really make it a great time for tourists. On every town square there are wild, noisy partys that try and drive away the demons. Huge papier-mache dolls of ogoh-ogoh are led through the streets in big parades. When the celebrations finish the very artistic creations are burnt to cleanse the island. I highy recomend being in Bali during this time, it is a very unique cultural experience and one you willnever forget.