Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Denpasar to host `ogoh-ogoh' contest

To welcome the Balinese Hindu Nyepi (Day of Silence) Holiday next March, Denpasar municipality office has invited all banjar (village community groups) to compete in an ogoh-ogoh contest.

Ogoh-ogoh are large effigies in the forms of scary creatures including devils, vampires and giants. In modern times, people designate "corrupt persons" as ogoh-ogoh.

The Balinese observe Nyepi Holiday to purify their souls. Prior to the event, people create ogoh-ogoh to symbolize evil

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