Selamat Hari Raya Nyepi Caka 1935 (and no you may not go surfing)

To our Balinese brethren, Selamat Hari Raya Nyepi.

To surfers: it shouldn’t need saying, but somehow every year it does: the surf is off limits. It used to be that one could paddle out and in, as Nyepi was more relaxed, but these days the rules are strictly enforced. Be respectful. It’ll be easy this year for surfers with a view of the beaches and reefs, as the swell will be tiny (although SUPers might wistfully eye the micro-waves).

Many people don’t know that ogoh-ogoh are a recently new cultural phenomena. Banjar Taman in Sanur always makes a good one:

ogoh 2

And since this is Bali, where earthiness is an art form, the pig is anatomically correct:

ogoh rear

(The bottom wording says “1 percent art, 99 percent haram”. Written along the bottom of the side shot and not in the picture is the warning “This pig eats genitals” although the wording used is a lot more earthy”

Next week back to regular surf stuff, with great pix from Kevin Gordon of an early DIY surf trip.

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