Ogoh-ogoh Parade - Eve Of Nyepi
8th March 2016
The Eve of Nyepi is intended to purify villages and neighbourhood and turn away evil spirits. Food is cooked for 2 days and at dusk, people start to bang pots and pans and carry torches through their houses before going outside to join others to make fearful sounds and sprinkle rice over streets and alleyways. The Ogoh-Ogoh or demon effigies with bulging eyes made of bamboo, papier-mâché and cloth that symbolize evil are carried through the streets in torch-lit parades to bewilder evil spirits so that they’ll fled and cease harming human beings. On this day, cock fighting is permitted because the spilling of blood is necessary for the purpose of purification. The parade usually starts at around 19:00 local time.