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Yesterday, January 6th, 2008, is Siwaratri day. Siwaratri, often referred to as the 'night of Siwa', is an auspicious time for introspection and meditation during which the Hindus of Bali pray for forgiveness of their earthly sins and for support and strength from Siwa in order to reach their higher selves. Siwaratri starts with an opening ceremony of prayers and offerings which is performed at the kawiten, the family's house temple. This preliminary ceremony should be finished before daybreak and is at 6am followed by,  

 

·    Monabrata - silence, not speaking for a period of 12 hours,

·    Upawasa - fasting, not eating or drinking during 24 hours,

·    Mejagra - meditation, not sleeping during 36 hours.   

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