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Chitra Vora
The Nyepi - Day of Silence in Bali was slated to begin on March 17, 2018 and would go on until the morning of March 18, 2018 up to 6:00 am. As there is no way of commuting within the country on this day, I had to arrive a day prior into Ubud. The drive from Denpasar to Ubud was a charm in itself. All through the road, there were monster effigies prepared by the locals - hundreds of them.  These monster effigies are prepared by youth groups, intricately designed to give it a devilish form. These are known as "Ogoh Ogoh" and this tradition has been an inseparable element of the Nyepi celebrations in Bali for years. Just before the silence, the entire country performs rituals with colourful processions. Pilgrims and locals gather from various small villages and walk towards the temples where the purification ceremony takes place. This creates a perfect cultural spectacle to be captured on the camera. Then, on this New Year’s eve, all Balinese household members involve in chasing away the devilish spirits by blazing the Ogoh Ogoh on fire, with loud music being played through vessels and bamboo in the background.