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.
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