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I Love a Balinese Parade! Picture Coverage of Bali's Ogoh-Ogoh Parades Welcoming Bali's New Year - Caka 1928.


Police officials estimated that some 2,600 giant Ogoh-ogoh stalked the streets across the entire island of Bali on March 29. 2006, marking the festive commemoration of pangerupukan (ngerupuk) - the lively celebrations that precedes the day of absolute Silence of "Nyepi" that commences with sunrise the following morning.

Determined not to miss the fun, Bali Update's editor, John M. Daniels, headed to the community of Benoa, surrounding Nusa Dua, to enjoy the parade of Papier M‚chŤ effigies that went on for hours.

Seeking to win honors as the best presentation as judged by a blue-ribbon panel, each Ogoh-ogoh presentation before the jury was preceded with a banner containing wishes for a happy Balinese New Year that announced the traditional belaganjur orchestra. The musicians accompanied a village dance troupe presenting a piece of original choreography, followed finally by the giant (Ogoh-ogoh) carried on the shoulders of tens of village youths that presented a scene or character from Balinese mythology.

As shown on, some evening snapshots of the Ogoh-ogoh celebrations in Benoa together with several day-time shots of more contemporary Ogoh-ogoh themes kindly provided by professional photographer Didi Lotze of []

Selemat Hari Nyepi Caka 1928!

Photos from Ogoh Ogoh (Click to Enlarge)

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