Ogoh Ogoh Parades
Structured in bamboo frames to create the foundation and later on covered with paper maché, the Ogoh-Ogoh statues are painted to be demonic beings, malicious spirits, or fabled beings of Hindu mythology, and would later on be burned at the end of the procession of the Bhuta Yajna ceremony.
What happens at an Ogoh-Ogoh parade?
The second ceremony during the Nyepi celebration is the Bhuta Yajna ritual on the evening before Nyepi day. The Balinese men would carry these statues that are as tall as 25 feet and hold them up with a bamboo grid, followed by gamelan musicians that signal the parade through the streets of Bali. Young kids would then follow the example of their fathers as the Balinese youth community are the ones that would build these statues, starting almost two months prior to the celebration.
What do the Balinese do in this ceremony?
Prior to the parade, torches are brought around the house and surroundings and making a ruckus and creating loud noises, this is to neutralise negative energies – the Balinese has the belief that evil cannot be chased away, as there must be a balance to life. The Balinese will continue holding the torches during the parade because the end of their march will stop at graveyards where they will be burning the statues.