The implementation of the “Nyipeng” series of Nyepi implementation last year which was carried out to stop the spread of COVID-19 made the public worried that a similar policy would be implemented this year. There are even rumors that this year’s Nyepi will be extended to 3 days.
However, this issue was denied by the Chairman of Parisada Hindu Dharma Indonesia (PHDI) Bali, Prof. Dr. I Gusti Ngurah Sudiana. He emphasized that Nyepi will still be held for one full day on Sunday, March 14, 2021.
“Nyepi takes place only one day according to the Joint Circular on the Implementation of the 1943 Saka Year Nyepi Series in Bali from PHDI Bali and MDA Bali, “said Prof. Sudiana, on Thursday (4/3).
Prof. Sudiana said no one could dare to change the implementation of Nyepi Day which had been arranged for one day in Bali. This is because this rule has been included in the manuscripts.
The rules regarding Nyepi in March 2021 have been regulated in the Joint Circular of the Bali Province PHDI and the Bali Province Traditional Village Council (MDA) Number 009 / PHDl-Bali / 2021 – Number 002 / MDA-Prov Bali / 2021 concerning the implementation of Nyepi Tahun Saka 1943 in Bali.
This Joint Circular Letter was officially signed by the Governor of Bali, Wayan Koster, Chairman of PHDI Bali, Prof. Sudiana, and Bendesa Agung MDA Bali Province Ida Pangelingsir Agung Putra Sukahet on Tuesday, January 9, 2021.
Prof. Sudiana also reminded him that the ogoh-ogoh on Nyepi this time was still eliminated. The goal is to avoid crowds to prevent the emergence of new clusters of the spread of Covid-19.
Meanwhile, regarding several traditional villages in Bali holding melasti “Ngubeng”, the Rector of UHN I Gusti Bagus Sugriwa Denpasar, said that the “Ngubeng” melasti ceremony may be performed by traditional villages whose territory is included in the red zone for the spread of COVID-19.
In fact, in literature “Ngubeng” is justified and may be done according to the situation, such as the current situation and conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, customary villages that carry out melasti must limit the number of participants who take part in the procession to a maximum of 50 people while still strictly adhering to the health protocol (Prokes).
Moreover, the Melasti sequence rules have been stipulated in the Joint Circular of PHDI and MDA Bali on point 7.