Ngrupuk Parade, Bali

Ngrupuk Parade takes place in every village in Bali on the eve of Nyepi Day, the Balinese new year. Each village community will design and build their most intricate, colourful yet evil looking Ogoh-Ogoh to join the parade. Ogoh-ogoh are statues which represents a form of mythological being, usually demons and evil spirits based on Balinese Hindu mythology. The parade symbolises the purification of the environment from spiritual pollution caused by living beings.

Normally standing on a structure built from bamboos, an Ogoh-Ogoh will be lifted and paraded around the village or town centre. The statues are carried by men and boys from their respective villages, accompanied by orchestral music. It is a privilege for the men and boys to carry the Ogoh-Ogoh as they “carry” the honour and pride of the village as well. At every crossroads and junctions, the Ogoh-Ogoh is rotated three times anti-clockwise, symbolically intended to daze the evil spirits so that they will leave and not harm the villagers. At the end of the parade, the Ogoh-Ogoh are burnt.

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