Ogoh Ogoh Festival

Ancol, Jakarta - March, 18th 2018

Hari Raya Nyepi is the Balinese Hindu New Year and is a public holiday in Indonesia. It is celebrated on the first new moon in March. - in 2018, it falls at March 17-

Hindu people at Jakarta and surrounding areas commemorate Nyepi Day. In order to that, Ogoh-Ogoh Festival was held for the very first time at Ancol, North Jakarta. This festival is expected to introduce cultural diversity to the community

Ogoh-ogoh are statues built for the Ngrupuk parade, which takes place on the eve of Nyepi day in Bali, Indonesia. Ogoh-ogoh normally have form of mythological beings, mostly demons. As with many creative endeavours based on Balinese Hinduism, the creation of Ogoh-ogoh represents spiritual aims inspired by Hindu philosophy.

An Ogoh-ogoh is standing on a pad built of timber planks and bamboos. The pad is designed to sustain the Ogoh-ogoh while it is being lifted and carried around. There are normally eight or more men carrying the Ogoh-ogoh

This one is so creepy...

here, let me zoom it for you.. 😄

This procession is accompanied by orchestral music performance, called... BALEGANJUR Powerful processional ensemble featuring a team, perfect for Ogoh-Ogoh parades for making a bold entrance.





Next, the Ogoh-Ogoh is paraded to the edge of the Ancol beach, there's a floating stage where the next performance is held. One man told me that these last five years, Ogoh-Ogoh parades are not only about monster statues and Baleganjur, it is completed with a back story narrated through captivating choreographed dance

Offerings to the Gods. (called Canang Sari or Sesajen)

Kecak dancer


meet our gorgeous Balinese

there are also artist painters poured what they saw at the parade onto canvas.

..next are my girl posing together with parade participants ^_^

One thing I did not expect, they destroyed the Ogoh-Ogoh statues. But when I asked if it would be burned there, it was not. They would burn it in their temple.

Great job!! Wish to see Ogoh-Ogoh parade again next year.. Hopefully straight at Bali. ^_^

Life, religion and art all converge in Bali. They have no word in their language for 'artist' or 'art.' Everyone is an artist.

Anais Nin

all photos by: @val_ci Narration gained by collecting infos from chat with the participants, and Wikipedia sources. #steller #stellerid #stellerstory #stellerIndonesia #stellerJakarta #Bali #stellerBali #Festival #Parade #OgohOgoh #Nyepi #Baliculture #Balinese #culture #life #heritage #jakarta #culture #Ancol #OgohOgohParade #AncolOgohOgohFestival #Indonesia ~~my longest Steller story so far, hope it didn't bored you ^_^

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