|A Melasti Ritual, Sanur Beach, Bali|
The Melasti Ritual is performed by all the people 3-4 days prior to Nyepi. As most Balinese do not live by the beach, each village is assigned a time at the temple by the beach closest to them. For some, it can mean an hour's ride by motorbike away, at 1am!
The main focus of the ritual is to cleanse themselves (mostly their feet) as well as their religious artefacts in the sea prior to welcoming the New Year. They also make their offerings to the gods at this time. They come dressed in their finest traditional costumes, with females wearing the kebaya (lace shirt) and males the sarong and peci (hat).
This is a pictorial of a group of villagers while they performed their Melasti Ritual--very fascinating!
|Balinese women arranging the larger offerings.|
|A Balinese woman in her kebaya, performing her offering.|
|Balinese boys dressed in their sarong and peci|
|Performing the cleanse of the Melasti Ritual|