|Melasti Ceremony to Tanah Lot - Part 1|
Nyepi Day or Bali's Day of Silence have near by. Start from now until March 5th, 2008 will perform Melasti Ceremony. All village which close with Tanah Lot area will conduct pemelastian to Segara Kidul Tanah Lot which famous with religious atmosphere and often becoming to do the religious activity. The encircle of melasti ceremony already start from nowadays. On March 1st, 2008, all villager from Sunantaya, Penebel perform pemelastian to Tanah Lot at 1 PM. And then will follow with other village on March 4th until March 5th.
Melasti or Mekiyis or Melis ceremony is one of the important Balinese Hindu rituals that are held every one year before the Bali's Day of Silence. This ceremony involves all Balinese Hindu to descend on road and carry or bring the object that is assumed holy with the god symbol. The procession of Melasti Ceremony is started from the center temple of the village where all the god symbols like Keris, Umbul-umbul, harpoon, flag, Pratima (deity idol) and others are collected.
Generally in Bali , the infinite symbols are brought to the sea to be re-sanctified with the sprinkling seawater that is called with the holy water or Tirta, afterward all of it are brought back to the temple accordingly. This rite was a symbol of consecration for Hinduism followers so that they were given spiritual and physical power in doing meditation on the following Nyepi Holiday. These events are very exciting and full of ornaments, decorations and Balinese Gamelan sound. A longside of road and coastal have been fulfilled by Balinese society that are using its custom clothes with the majority color of white.
Last procession was then continued with praying and adoring to the God of the Segara Kidul. Continued with praying rite consecutively, those are Puja Trisandya, Kramaning Sembah, Silence Meditation while reading Angamet Sarining Bhuwana praying, continued with Nunas Tirta Amarta, this was a religion figure gave holy water to the followers. A series of praying and rite was ended with Parama Santi rite. Before the ritual ceremony ended, various offerings were discard into the sea. All Hinduism followers might wash their body with the Water Sea as the symbol of discarding all dirties.