Hindus in various parts of Indonesia celebrated the annual Day of Silence, or Nyepi, on Saturday (17/03).
Nyepi is a day of self-reflection and thus, anything that might interfere with this is restricted. This means that there may be no lighting of fires; no working; no entertainment or pleasure; no traveling; and for some, no talking or eating.
The celebration is preceded by several rituals, including melasti, performed in pura (Balinese temples) near the sea for purification, and bhuta yajña, performed to vanquish the negative elements and create a balance with God, mankind and nature.
Young men toss burning coconut husks during a 'mesabatan api' ('fire war') ritual to welcome Nyepi in Nagi village in Gianyar, Bali, on Friday. (Antara Photo/Wira Suryantala)
Hindus pray during a melasti ritual at Boom Beach in Banyuwangi, East Java, on Thursday. (Antara Photo/Budi Candra Setya)
Hindus carry an ogoh-ogoh in the shape of a crocodile along Jalan Samratulangi in Palu, Central Sulawesi, on Friday. Ogoh-ogoh are statues built for the ngrupuk parade, which takes place on the eve of Nyepi. (Antara Photo/Mohamad Hamzah)
Men participate in a ngrupuk parade in Kuta, Bali, on Friday night. (Antara Photo/Fikri Yusuf)
Hindus participate in a tawur agung kesanga ceremony at Pura Agung Sriwijaya in Palembang, South Sumatra, on Friday. (Antara Photo/Feny Selly)