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Ogoh-Ogoh Parades to be Tightly Controlled

Nyepi – Bali’s official day of island-wide silence will fall on Thursday, 03 March 2022.

In keeping with local tradition, the night before Nyepi, 02 March 2022, will be marked with street parades across the island and mardi-gras-like parades of papier-mache effigies (ogoh-ogoh) created by members of local community halls (banjars).

Traditionally riotous affairs hosted on crowded village and city streets, Nyepi parades have been canceled over the past two years due to COVID-19 mandates from the government. The government plans to allow limited celebrations of Nyepi (Tahun Baru Saka 1944) on 02 March 2022, coordinated by the Task Force for COVID-19 Mitigation (Satgas).

By government order, restricted, scaled-down pre-Nyepi parades will be limited to a maximum of 50 participants, with parade routes limited to areas near the Banjar that created each ogoh ogoh.

Rules governing Nyepi festivities and the creation of ogoh-ogoh are contained in a circular memorandum issued by the Council of Traditional Villages in Bali (Majelis Desa Adat Provinsi Bali) – (No-more 009/SE/MDA-Prov Bali /XII/2021. SE).

I Gusti Made Ngurah of MDA-Bali said the circular memorandum issued by his organization sets restrictions and standards for ogoh-ogoh parades reflecting precautions needed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

As reported by, among the stipulations to be followed in Bali on the evening before Nyepi are:

Unspecified sanctions and penalties will be invoked against ogoh-ogoh teams or their guarantor who fails to follow the stipulations listed above.

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