However, leading up to Nyepi is a rush to complete paper mache constructions of evil which will be marched to the sea, burned and then cast in to rid the island of the evil spirits had may have accumulated over the past year. The next day will be Nyepi, or New Year's Day
Every Banjar, or community within a Balinese village, is busy preparing Ogoh-Ogoh, these are puppet like creations of frightful figures varying from small for the kids to gigantic for the Banjar. Below are photos of the Ogoh-Ogoh being created here near our guest house in Kalibukbuk. The young people at the school are preparing to dance the big Olga-Olga to the sea accompanied by musicians seen practicing outside the school.
|The unfinshed Olga-Olga of the Banjar|
|Olga-Olga at a local shop|
|Members of the school orchestra|
|Practice for dancing the Olga-Olga to the beach|