After the Silence, Omed – Omedan Tradition is held

After the Silence, Omed – Omedan Tradition is held

For more than a century, the residents of Banjar Kaja, Sesetan – an urban village in South Denpasar, gather on the day following Bali’s official day of silence – Nyepi for a truly unique ceremony. Under the guidance of the “Sesetan Heritage Omed – Omedan Festival (SHOF) – the “Omed – Omedan” or “Kissing Festival”

For more than a century, the residents of Banjar Kaja, Sesetan – an urban village in South Denpasar, gather on the day following Bali’s official day of silence – Nyepi for a truly unique ceremony. Under the guidance of the “Sesetan Heritage Omed – Omedan Festival (SHOF) – the “Omed – Omedan” or “Kissing Festival” convenes in the central square of Banjar Kaja.

Originating from the term for “pulling and pushing” in Balinese, Omed-Omedan sees the unmarried young men and women of the community gather to celebrate the Hindu New Year by exchanging kisses.

Beginning with religious prayers, the ceremony sees groups of young men and women, standing in two separate groups and face off while awaiting the “go” signal given by a religious leader. Signal given, the groups cautiously approach each other before young men reach out and “pull” young women closer for a passionate kiss. Meanwhile, married members of the community and not participating in the canoodling throw buckets of cold water over the young kissing couples in order to cool their ardor.

Apparently, the water doesn’t always work. Many married couples in the community claim they first met at the Omed – Omedan ceremony. As reported by Beritabali.com, SHOF has set the date of Wednesday, March 29, 2017, to take place in from the Banjar Kaja Selatan. The Mayor of Denpasar and the Deputy Mayor have both voiced their support for this year’s Omed-Omedan event.

And, before any roaming Lothario gets his hopes up, it should be noted that while spectators are welcome to view the Omed – Omedan, passionate participation is generally limited to local residents. (kmb)

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