Today is Nyepi in Bali, the Balinese New Year. Two days ago, my school had an ogoh-ogoh parade. Ogoh-ogohs scare away your bad sins so that on Nyepi, you are safe from evil spirits. On Nyepi, you’re supposed to be silent, use no electricity and no gas for cooking. If your Banjar is so strict, you’re not allowed to do anything, not even work. You’re supposed to reflect. If your Banjar is not strict, then you’re allowed to do work, play, and sometimes watch tv. Banjars are the village councils in Bali. There are lots of little villages.

But Avik couldn’t keep silent. So for Nyepi, we all went to a hotel where we were allowed to make noise and turn on the lights. Avik was crazy running around and being noisy. I read a lot of Rainbow Fairy books. You can get them on Amazon.

Also, did you that know that this year is 1937 in the Balinese calendar?

Lotus and I holding the parade sign
Lotus and I holding the parade sign
Bali's Ogoh-Ogoh's
Bali’s Ogoh-Ogoh’s
Avik's Ogoh-Ogoh
Avik’s Ogoh-Ogoh
Manika's Ogoh-Ogoh's Happy Face
Manika’s Ogoh-Ogoh’s Happy Face
Manika's Ogoh-Ogoh's Mad Face
Manika’s Ogoh-Ogoh’s Mad Face
Bali's Ogoh-Ogoh's
Bali’s Ogoh-Ogoh’s

2 thoughts on “Ogoh-Ogoh’s”

  1. Hello Manika, WOW what a wonderful art work. I love your Ogoh Ogoh! specially the happy face! I had such a good time visiting you in Bali last week. Love Naani

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