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As part of the festival day of Nyepi, the Balinese Hindus will hold the Tawur Agung or Tawur Kesanga ceremony on the eve of the festival day for the Bhuta Kala, the lower spirits of the world.

 
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In the evening, the people will perform the Pengrupukan ceremony to appease the evil spirits who descend on earth on this particular night to disturb the equilibrium of world peace. ogoh-ogoh festival People, young and old, will crowd the street, light fires and make any conceivable noise in the belief that will distract the spirits. A procession of unusual effigies is carried also in this night. The effigies, which are known as Ogoh-ogoh, are made of papier-mâché and bamboo frame, and are the symbol of the evil spirits. Each community will work hard to create the most impressive Ogoh-ogoh to carry around the village. The form of these effigies vary, as it really depends as on the creativity of each community. Some of them takes the shape of a demon with a lolling tongue, a mythical creature with fiery eye, or even a leather clad Harley Davidson guy! The Ogoh-ogoh are carried to a se colluded place in order to prevent them disturbing the process of the Nyepi ceremony on the next day.

The procession is quite a spectacle in itself. People march on the street with blazing torches and shoot bamboo guns in the air. They also yell and make all kinds of noises. Apparently, this is a way of getting themselves emotionally ready in antedating the following day. evil ogoh-ogoh The procession will last until just before midnight and on the next day the Balinese are required to observe several restrictions, including refraining from traveling, lighting any kind of fire, having any kind of pleasurable activity, and have a fast for a full day.

Those who wish to experience the exciting procession will have much chance, as the whole island will definitely not miss the activity, If you are planning to stay in Kuta on this night, the most perfect spot to observe this procession is the Bemo Corner and Pura Desa of Kuta. The people of Kuta Village will have their procession starting from Legian, Road to the left heading the Pura Desa, in whose vicinity the participants of the procession will perform several attraction. The procession will proceed through the Kuta-Airport Road and will pass Jalan Bakung Sari toward the Bangsal Jukung by the beach.

Just in case you have not been given any notice yet about the Nyepi Day, you will be requested to respect the customs by following the following rules. Please do not light any lights publicly and make any intolerable noises during the day. It is suggested that you stay at your hotel until the following day.

 
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