March 14th, 2018
When loosely translated, Melasti means “to purify” or “to cleanse”. This intricate ceremony typically takes place 3 days before Nyepi Day with the intention to cleanse oneself of bad karma and sins. This is a significant event that takes place every year, where villagers would gather at a meeting point before walking to the beach or a water source while carrying a variety of holy artifacts from the temple along with offerings and the traditional Balinese flags called umbul-umbul. Men, women and children are decked out in their traditional finest, creating a most beautiful procession. Sweet smelling incense smoke and traditional Balinese music accompany the devotees on their walk, before arriving to their destination and performing intricate purification ceremonies. Women carrying tall offerings of fruits and rice are a sight to behold and men carry a large yellow and white cloth that symbolizes the bridge of God. A Melasti Pilgrimage is a definite don’t miss – it is a magnificent vista, a momentous occasion that will definitely add a delightful flavour to your excursion on the island.
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