The word Nyepi is derived from the word "sepi" that means silent.
Nyepi is a symbolical replay of these philosophical principles, As a religious
event of Balinese Hindus. The world is "clean" in the beginning of the year.
A day before Nyepi, called "Ngerupuk" day, especially at the
afternoon, Balinese community had a traditional parade called "ogoh-ogoh"
procession. Ogoh-ogoh are huge dolls symbolizing evil spirits, made from bamboo
and sack paper built for the parade, normally have form of mythological beings,
The main purpose of the making of Ogoh-ogoh is the purification of the
natural environment of any spiritual pollutants emitted from the activities of
living beings (especially humans). According to Hindu teachings, the forms of
Ogoh-ogoh represent the Bhuta-Kala (Bhuta: eternal energy, Kala: eternal
Aside from being the symbol of Bhuta-Kala, Ogoh-ogoh is considered a symbol
of modes of nature that form the malicious characters of living beings. During
the procession, the Ogoh-ogoh is rotated counter clockwise three times. This act
is done on every crossroads and t-junction of the villages and towns. Rotating
the effigies during cremational parade and the eve of Nyepi represents the
contact of the bodies with the spirits. It is also aimed to bewilder the evil
spirits so that they go away and cease harming human beings. After being paraded
on a convoy around the village or town, finally it is burnt to ashes in a
cemetery as a symbol of self-purification.
While a day after Nyepi, locally called "Ngembak Geni" day, the
community of Banjar Kaja, Sesetan Denpasar held a unique tradition which have
been endowed from generation to generations long before the Dutch colonization
era called the "Omed-omedan". The word Omed-omedan derives from the word
"Omed" ( according to the Bali Indonesian dictionary ), which literally
means "to pull", so the word Omed-omedan can be interpreted as pulling each
The Omed-omedan tradition in fact is a way for the youth to express their joy
and happiness on the Ngembak Geni day as well as an opportunity to be socialize
with the others. ( according to the book " Med-Medan, tradisi unik dari Sesetan
" by I Made Munggah )