This week Bali celebrates Nyepi. The Hindus of Bali welcome the New Year with the ritual of Nyepi, the day of complete silence and meditation. The sudden silence comes after a week of purification rituals, offerings and festivals ending with huge parades on the beaches where the villagers hold giant puppets called “ogoh-ogoh” and play percussion instruments.
The Balinese New Year is a day of complete silence, hence the name Nyepi, meaning “to keep silent”. Nyepi is a day fully dedicated to connect oneself more closely with God through prayers and a day of self-introspection.