Ogoh-Ogoh ready for the Ngrupuk parade in Pemuteran, Bali 01 Nov 2017
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The Ngrupuk parade takes place the night before Nyepi. Also known as Balinese Saka New Year, Nyepi is the most important of Bali's religious celebrations. During Nyepi, the entire island retreats into silence, meditation and prayer for 24 hours. Ngrupak, however, is full of activity. High-volume street processions are held. They feature firecrackers and huge, scary monster effigies known as ogoh-ogoh. These effigies are intended to drive any evil spirits away before Nyepi. Get a taste of Bali and its many ritual celebrations with Insight Guides' Best of Bali trip.
This article was originally published on March 9, 2016