Bali Hindus in Denmark celebrate Nyepi festival

By: Original article is in Indonesian language and is published at

Nyepi is a Bali Hindu festival Saka New Year Celebration.

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Pensosbud of the Indonesian Embassy in Copenhagen, Dieny Maya Sari, said on Sunday (10/3) that the Saka New Year Celebration was attended by around 100 people from the Indonesian diaspora and Danish citizens.

In his speech, the Ambassador in Copenhagen, M. Ibnu Said, said that the celebration of the Holy Day of Nyepi inspired us all to always maintain harmony in life as a way to happiness.
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“The difference in religious background, ethnic background, cultural background is not a barrier for us to unite and is not a barrier for us to live in harmony in harmony. Therefore, let us always hold fast to Pancasila and Unity in Diversity, and contribute to the unity and progress of the Indonesian nation, “he said.

The celebration was held in close collaboration between Indonesian community groups in Copenhagen, Krama Bali Denmark (KDB), with the Indonesian Embassy in Copenhagen.

The chairman of Krama Bali Denmark, I Gede Widana, said there are currently around 50 Balinese Hindus in Denmark. “We are very happy to be able to celebrate Nyepi together at the Indonesian Embassy in Copenhagen and there are also Danish people who participated in the celebration together,” he said.

Balinese dances are dedicated to enliven the Nyepi celebration, such as the Panyembrana dance, Hard Mask, Sekar Jagad, Old Mask, Butterfly and Joged Bungbung.

The dishes provided are also full of typical Balinese menus, such as lawar ayam, betutu chicken, urab Bali, kale plecing, spicy beef, and rica seasoning fish.

1941 Nyepi Day Saka has the theme “With Chess Bharata Penyepian Success the 2019 Election”, with the main message Dharma Santi Dharma, which means virtue in the heart to create a harmonious and peaceful life, so that the 2019 Election becomes a peaceful Election.

This can be realized if all religious people in Indonesia live in harmony, by always purifying their thoughts and sayings and maintaining politeness and deeds, which ultimately leads to goodness and justice.

The Holy Day of Nyepi is based on the calculation of the Kesanga Tilem, a day of purification of the gods in the ocean, which also carries the essence of amartha (living water). Nyepi is also a new year in the Saka calendar, which began in 78 AD.

The main purpose of Nyepi is to beg Sang Hyang Widhi to purify the alit (human nature) and the great bhuana (universe), through the melasti procession, tilem sasih kesanga, pinanggal pisan, and Catur Bharata, so that it is hoped that in the new Saka year, the ummah Hindus can start life cleanly and return to holiness.



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Indonesian President greets Indonesian Hindus on their new year Day

Hindu Council of Australia : Thank you Joko Widodo for greeting Indonesian Hindus on Hindu new year festival called Hari Raya Nyepi, a day of silence and reflection. Hari Raya Nyepi is new year day as per Balinese Saka calendar. Hindus in South East Asia are celebrating start of year 1941 of the Saka calendar.

Joko’s message :

To my Hindu people these days get away from the crowds and wild passions, detach from feelings of anger, hatred, and envy, bersunyi to find identity. …



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Hindu Symbols vandalized during Nyepi religious celebrations in East Java

Translation from Indonesian to English of Jelang Nyepi, Tiga Ornamen Simbol Umat Hindu Dirusak Orang tak Dikenal by Google Translate.

“LUMAJANG – The tranquility of the Tenggerese Hindus in Lumajang, East Java is disturbed ahead of the Nyepi celebration. There was destruction of three religious symbols in the form of patmasari or ornaments on the edge of the road. Now, the police are still investigating this case.

The police line was installed at the location of the destruction of Hindu religious symbols in Argosari Village, Senduro District. Three ornaments which are usually used as a reminder place for YME installed on every corner of the village road, were damaged by unknown people.

Ismail, Argosari Village Chief, explained, it was not yet known when the ornaments were damaged.

“But from some residents’ information, it was alleged that the building was damaged on Tuesday morning,” Ismail said.

The destruction of the symbol of the Hindu religion worship received serious attention from Thoriqul Haq, Regent of Lumajang. He went directly to the location to find out the chronology and the scene.”


Read the original article in Indonesian language at Jelang Nyepi, Tiga Ornamen Simbol Umat Hindu Dirusak Orang tak Dikenal 


The Hindus in Bali are strongly religious. All ages, except babies seem to be wholeheartedly bound to the observance of the prayer. Women wear kebaya and have their hair twisted while men appear in white with udang (traditional headdress) on their head. They will march under golden yellow sunshades which are meant for ritual ceremonies.


Tawur Kesanga, a ritual procession on the eve of Nyepi, celebrated a day before. The children carry flame torches, that lit bonfires to symbolically burn ogoh ogoh monster evil spirits.

One day before Nyepi, there is the Tawur Kasanga ceremony. The ceremony is held in every place of the island, from the front yard through the city pura. Every house has merajan to adorn with Panca Warna offerings. Sanggah cucuk of bamboo cane are positioned against the door to display colorful gifts of sacrifice, such as ā€˜ketupatā€™ (cooked rice in square of coconut leaves), tumpeng (cone rice), chicken and other food, and rice wine, liquor, and water presented under the bamboo.

The last day of the year includes processions of Bhuta (demons, above), followed by Nyepi, the festival of silence.

According to Wikipedia, Nyepi is a Balinese “Day of Silence” that is commemorated every Isakawarsa (Saka new year) according to the Balinese calendar (in 2019, it falls on March 7). It is a Hindu celebration mainly celebrated in Bali, Indonesia and in East Java.

Many Hindus in South Asia observe the same day as new year. For example, the Hindus of Maharashtra term the same festival, observed on the same day, Gudi Padwa (Marathi: गुढी पाडवा). The Sindhis, people from Sindh, celebrate the same day as Cheti Chand, which is the beginning of their calendar year. Manipuris also celebrate their New Year as Sajibu Nongma Panba on the same day. The Hindus of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka also celebrate their new year on the same day as Ugadi.



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Java Hindus celebrate Hindu Festival Melasti

By:Aman Rochman. Thousands of members of the Hindu Tengger community, who live on the slopes of Mount Bromo, carried offerings, heirlooms and other items to the Widodaren spring to perform the Melasti ceremony on Sunday, March 3, 2019 .

Hindus will perform an ogoh-ogoh (giant effigy) parade on Wednesday afternoon and then perform Nyepi on Thursday. The whole ceremony closes on Friday with the Ngembak Geni ceremony – which literally means restarting the fire – in each temple.[yan] […]

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