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Nyepi - Melasti

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: Helen : (ATM Helen is photographing in, Australia) on 26 March 2016 in Lifestyle & Culture.

This is a photograph of the people of the village waiting along the roadside whilst family members collect pure water from the mountain spring for Melasti, (part of the festival of Nyepi - the New Year observances). Along the seaboard the villagers collect the water from the sea.


WHAT IS NYEPI?

"Contrary to several other cultures all around the world who celebrate the New Year with dynamic and sparkling festivities, the crowning point of the Balinese New Year 6 day celebration is a day dedicated to complete silence.


On the 3rd day the entire Island comes to a standstill, with no scheduled incoming or outgoing flights from Ngurah Rai airport in Denpasar (DPS).
This day is called Nyepi, meaning “to keep silent” and falls on the day after the dark moon of the spring equinox when the day and night are of approximately equal duration.


Hotels are asked to cover their windows, all shops are closed, all! No light or candle will be lit in any Balinese home, no cars on the road, no motorbikes, no people. It's indeed a special experience, not only for the Balinese but also for all the visitors and tourists that are on Bali during Nyepi Day."

Source : Bali.com

Needless to say, it was a quiet day.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 1/100 second F/7.1 ISO 100 35 mm

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Devi from Chennai, India

what beautiful traditions..Thank you for sharing Helen..
Lovely image of this:))Have a lovely Sunday and a great new week :)

26 Mar 2016 6:12am

omid from mashhad, Iran

:)
very nice portraits!
L O V E L Y !
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Interesting festival!

26 Mar 2016 7:56am

franz from Baden, Austria

impressive line-up, and what a great tradition - complete silence for new year's day !

26 Mar 2016 4:16pm

Mireille T. from Ribérac, France

This is impressive! Beautiful gathering of people for these celebrations!

26 Mar 2016 8:43pm

L'Angevine from Angers, France

bien recherché

27 Mar 2016 6:31am

Philnz from Ngatea, New Zealand

Thank you Helen. ''You mean no smart phones even''. Wow that would be hard for some people in our society.

27 Mar 2016 9:21pm