The Melasti Ritual Preparations
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Weird & Wonderful Pictures Of The Week - 15 March 2013
15. The Melasti Ritual Preparations
A Balinese Hindu devotee releases ducks into the sea as offerings to the gods during the Melasti ritual in Bali. The ritual is held ahead of the Nyepi Day of Silence; a national holiday that is meant to encourage self-reflection and meditation. Activities such as working, watching television or travelling are restricted on this day between the hours of 6am and 6pm.