Hello Grade One families:
What does it mean to celebrate?
Why do people all over the world celebrate?
What is similar/different between celebrations around the world?
What is unique about celebrations in Bali?
As we deepen our dialogues and explorations around Hari Raya, as part of our Gaia-diversity and connections- theme this term, we are providing you with this explanation of Nyepi to support your conversations at home.
Nyepi is a Balinese “Day of Silence” celebrated as Balinese New Year according to Balinese calendar. It is a day for fasting and meditation for the Balinese from 6 a.m. in the morning on Nyepi day until 6 a.m. the next morning. Nyepi is a day reserved for self-reflection, and as such, anything that might interfere with that purpose is restricted. The main restrictions are no lighting fires ; no working; no entertainment or pleasure; no traveling; and, for some, no talking or eating at all. The only people to be seen outdoors are the Pecalang, traditional security men who patrol the streets to ensure the prohibitions are being followed.
Although Nyepi is primarily a Hindu holiday, non-Hindu residents and tourists are not exempt from the restrictions. Although they are free to do as they wish inside their hotels, no one is allowed onto the beaches or streets, and the only airport in Bali remains closed for the entire day. The only exceptions granted are for emergency vehicles responding to life-threatening conditions and women about to give birth.
The day before nyepi is called pengerupukan where all Balinese people will parade their ogoh-ogoh around their neighborhood. Pengerupukan also called Tawur Kesanga. Tawur means to return. Tawur kesanga has meaning to motivate Hindus spiritually and ritually in order to sustain the universe as the source of life. It’s also means release all greediness in human being.
Balinese people are very creative, ogoh-ogoh formed in various ways and performed very creative and attractive. Some looks like monsters, animals, famous people, gods and goddess. All of them has stories.
Nowadays people even applied cool technology to make ogoh-ogoh moves.
Selamat menyambut Hari Raya Nyepi Tahun Baru Saka 1941.
Chinese New Year
Ibu Lili, Anjuna’s mom, came today to teach us more about this celebration. We practiced using chop sticks, learned about the Chinese Zodiac, and talked about some of the language, rituals, and meaning around the things we see in connection to this holiday. It was lots of fun. We will continue with more Chinese New year activities on Monday, so PLEASE WEAR RED.
Banjar Field Trip
We had an amazing trip to learn about Ogoh Ogoh making in a Banjar nearby. We wove rattan and added paper mache to two structures that our new friends had made for us. What a beautiful experience this was to learn from the pros, and to get out into the community!
We wish you a wonderful weekend.