Meet the Ogoh-Ogoh, Stars of Bali’s Bizarre and Beautiful New Year’s Eve Celebration

周四,Ngurah Rai机场将关闭24小时观察巴厘岛新年的Nyepi。互联网将被封锁在全岛范围内,商店将关闭,巴厘岛人将在沉默的沉思中回到室内。
但在此之前,村里的男人们将恶魔般的Ogoh-Ogoh雕像带到街头为Ngrupuk Parade,这是一个独特的巴厘岛庆祝活动,模糊地让人想起梅西的游行酸。
在当地社区中心(或班加尔)的几个月里,建筑的锤击从日出到夕阳与传统的巴厘音乐混合在一起。如果,像我一样,你碰巧住在附近的一个,它可能会让你沉默 – 但对于游客来说,这是一个难忘的夜晚。

On Thursday, Ngurah Rai Airport will shut down for 24 hours in observation of Nyepi, the Balinese new year’s day. The internet will be blocked island-wide, the shops will close, and the people of Bali will retreat indoors in silent contemplation.

But before that happens, the village men cart out demonic Ogoh-Ogoh statues to the streets for the Ngrupuk Parade, a unique Balinese celebration vaguely reminiscent of a Macy’s Parade on acid.

For months in the local community centers (or banjar), the hammering of construction has mingled from sunup to sunset with the sounds of traditional Balinese music. If, like me, you happen to live nearby one, it’s probably got you pumped for some silence — but for visitors, it’s an unforgettable night.


The finishing touches are just now being placed on this year’s crop of street monsters, which range from inspirational to downright creepy. On Wednesday, each neighborhood will march their monsters through town on the shoulders of the local men before ritually burning them in a nearby cemetery as a symbol of purification.

Here’s a look at some of the great, weird, and wondrous Ogoh-Ogoh that have been built for this year’s Nyepi.



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