It has been a while since I wrote my last blog. I can admit that I use most of my time to work on the event planning at Green School. But, I still have a lot of good times during my busy time. Luckily as an intern, I have a chance to have two weeks holiday and refresh my mind. The holiday started two days after Nyepi and Green School student starts their term-break with an Ogoh-ogoh parade to celebrate Nyepi. This event takes my attention. Can you imagine all people in Green School celebrate Nyepi even though they are not Balinese? It warms my heart when I see all people in Green School able to respect each other culture.
To celebrate Nyepi, each grade of students in Green School build their own Ogoh-ogoh. In Bali Ogoh-ogoh is a statue built for Ngrupuk parade. Normally, Ogoh-ogoh has a form of mythological beings and mostly demons. However, by the time the purpose of making Ogo-ogoh has developed, Ogoh-ogoh not only used to purify the natural environment but also to develop the creativity young generation.
On Thursday, students in Green School celebrate Nyepi by creating their Ogoh-ogoh based on their grade. From pre-kindergarten to high school, they create their own Ogoh-ogoh and carry it around Sibang area. It was so interesting to me. I saw that people in Green School have respect for Balinese culture even though they are not from Bali and even most of them are not from Indonesia. This is what I love about Green School, everyone is so respect on each other cultures. I learn a lot from people in Green School, during the celebration, I saw many parents and students from upper class help the younger kids to carry their Ogoh-ogoh around. Sometimes, we can find another people called family in the society where they can respect and accept each other without judging each other background.
Unfortunately, I went back to my home-town two days before Nyepi and I am not able to celebrate Nyepi in Bali. But, many of my friends were really excited to experience Nyepi in Bali. Nyepi is the Day of Silence that Balinese do once a year to celebrate their new year. One day before Nyepi, Balinese celebrate a colorful ceremony and have an Ogoh-ogoh parade. Throughout Nyepi, people in Bali are not allowed to travel, use light, use fire, and basically the whole island will shut down for a day. My friend in Bali told me that it was an interesting experience during Nyepi, no one goes out to the street and the island just completely in silent. It becomes a good time for people to have a self-reflection during that time. From some pictures that I saw on media social, I found that sometimes we took for granted what we currently have. For example, the beauty of nature. I think it is important to take one moment to look at the environment around us and be grateful for what we have.
What do you guys think?
Let’s start to be more aware of the environment around us and be more grateful for everything we have.