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Three days before the Balinese new year is celebrated a Melasti must be performed, according to ancient scripture.  This procession, involving ALL members of the community, is performed to "follow the deity in the purpose to drift away impurities, miseries and poor mundane elements and take tirtha amertha, or holy water of life in the sea.” ~ in Bali

Three days before the Balinese new year is celebrated a Melasti must be performed, according to ancient scripture. This procession, involving ALL members of the community, is performed to "follow the deity in the purpose to drift away impurities, miseries and poor mundane elements and take tirtha amertha, or holy water of life in the sea.” ~ in Bali

Every pura has its own "birthday" according to Balinese calendar. On every birthday, people around pura will come to pray, and bring "sesajen" to devote their Gods. In this picture, a group of people from one "banjar" (village) dressed uniformly special for an "odalan" of Pura Alas Kedaton, one of the holiest pura in Bali.

Every pura has its own "birthday" according to Balinese calendar. On every birthday, people around pura will come to pray, and bring "sesajen" to devote their Gods. In this picture, a group of people from one "banjar" (village) dressed uniformly special for an "odalan" of Pura Alas Kedaton, one of the holiest pura in Bali.

Melasti Ceremony, Bali Bali Floating Leaf Eco-Retreat. http://balifloatingleaf.com/

Melasti Ceremony, Bali Bali Floating Leaf Eco-Retreat. http://balifloatingleaf.com/

Mask dancer, Denpasar, Bali by Yoga Raharja

Mask dancer, Denpasar, Bali by Yoga Raharja

Melasti ceremony on Kuta Beach celebrating Balinese New Year.

Melasti ceremony on Kuta Beach celebrating Balinese New Year.

From old Denpasar

From old Denpasar

Batu Payung, Tanjung Aan. At Tanjung Aan beach you can find Batu Payung (Umbrella Stone). The stone is believed to have been naturally carved by crashing waves for thousands of years. Photo by Tekno Bolang.

Batu Payung, Tanjung Aan. At Tanjung Aan beach you can find Batu Payung (Umbrella Stone). The stone is believed to have been naturally carved by crashing waves for thousands of years. Photo by Tekno Bolang.

A temple in Denpasar.

A temple in Denpasar.

Bali Art Festival 2012 by Hery from Baliwebs

Bali Art Festival 2012 by Hery from Baliwebs

Ogah Ogah demon created for Nyepi in Bali. Learn more about Bali and Nyepi at http://www.ninadesigns.com/blog/2010/04/05/silver-charms-take-a-break-for-nyepi/

Silver Charms Take a Break for Nyepi

Ogah Ogah demon created for Nyepi in Bali. Learn more about Bali and Nyepi at http://www.ninadesigns.com/blog/2010/04/05/silver-charms-take-a-break-for-nyepi/

JUMP - a bunch of Balinese kids playing everyday after school in Tukad Unda (Unda River), Klungkung, Bali. (by Valentino Lumanto)

JUMP - a bunch of Balinese kids playing everyday after school in Tukad Unda (Unda River), Klungkung, Bali. (by Valentino Lumanto)

Foundation 18, Indonesia was established by Australian humanitarian and conservationist Cate Bolt in June 2010. Based in the north of Bali in the small village of Ringdikit (population approximately 1,500), Foundation 18 offers a traditional Balinese upbringing in line with local customs. Situated near the beautiful coastal town of Lovina Beach, Foundation 18 is raising children to be confident, self-sufficient and full of hope for the future.

Foundation 18, Indonesia was established by Australian humanitarian and conservationist Cate Bolt in June 2010. Based in the north of Bali in the small village of Ringdikit (population approximately 1,500), Foundation 18 offers a traditional Balinese upbringing in line with local customs. Situated near the beautiful coastal town of Lovina Beach, Foundation 18 is raising children to be confident, self-sufficient and full of hope for the future.

Surfing for a better future for the children of Bali and a sustainable island. That’s soul surf project Bali.

Surfing for a better future for the children of Bali and a sustainable island. That’s soul surf project Bali.

"Ogoh-ogoh" the 'monsters' to be burned down prior to Nyepi Day in Bali

"Ogoh-ogoh" the 'monsters' to be burned down prior to Nyepi Day in Bali

Indonesia Bali Hindu Melasti Ceremony Kuta Beach

Indonesia Bali Hindu Melasti Ceremony Kuta Beach

Pura

Pura