Creating the Giant Puppet (ogoh-ogoh)
On March 7th Balinese will celebrate Nyepi (Balinese New Year) but for the teenagers all over the island the special day is a day prior to nyepi on March 6th. On this day ogoh-ogoh (a giant puppet describing Balinese demon named Bhuta Kala) will be carried by the teenagers along the main streets of Bali in a grand parade.
Unfortunately, for this year some regions in Bali apply a rule that forbid to make and hold the ogoh-ogoh parade. Perhaps, the officials of those regions think that ogoh-ogoh party as the source of disturbances and dangers since many teenagers especially the young men have a tendency to get drunk while parading the ogoh-ogoh arousing a trouble or two or igniting firecrackers everywhere and everywhere that may harm someone else or ignite conflagration. But, do not worry others regions still do the tradition.
There are two weeks left to finish ogoh-ogoh. Surprisingly, most of Balinese teenagers which are joined in the sekaa teruna -teruni (youth organization which is part of Banjar) have almost finished their ogoh-ogoh frame to day. Sekaa teruna-teruni Canthi Graha, Banjar Dukuh said that it needs at least a month to finish an ogoh-ogoh fully, so that, they decided to work in the beginning of February. They had spent about Rp 700.000 for finishing the frame of ogoh-ogoh only. For the full form of ogoh-ogoh they usually spent about Rp 1.000.000. Sekaa teruna-teruni (youth organization) use their organization budget to pay the expenses of making the ogoh-ogoh. Sometimes they also get money from some companies as a sponsor or as donation.
According to the Sekaa teruna-teruni Canthi Graha, that ogoh-ogoh will be finished on time. They keep secret their ogoh-ogoh theme and title except for the members of sekaa teruna-teruni only since they want to join the ogoh-ogoh contest on March 6th and they want to make a surprise for the spectators. This contest can be joined by all of Banjar which belong to the Kesiman Village (East Denpasar).
For more information, this contest will be held at Tohpati village (East Denpasar). If you want to see the ogoh-ogoh contest you have to prepare your self since it will be crowded and full of surprise.