In anticipation of the traditional wild revelry that precede Bali's official day of quiet or Nyepi on March 30, 2006, the Bali police force have announced that approximately 7,000 personnel will be deployed to supervise the street celebrations set to take place across the island on the evening of March 29th.
Preliminary police estimates are that in excess of 2,600 ogoh-ogoh floats will be launched by local banjars or community centers in connection with the celebration of New Year's on the Balinese calendar. Ogoh-ogoh are brightly decorated floats depicting either mythical characters or, increasingly, pop celebrities that are carried through the streets on the shoulders of local youth often fueled on by the intoxicating effects of arak.
Operasi Ogoh-Ogoh Agung
Working closely with pecalang - civilian peace officers drawn from local banjars - the police have dubbed their peace-keeping effort Operasi Ogoh-Ogoh Agung, a name based on the large Papier Mâchè effigies that will be paraded through Bali's streets and villages on March 29, 2006.
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