The omed-omedan tradition in Banjar Kaja, Sesetan Village, South Denpasar will still be held, next on Monday, March 15, even amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to traditional Adat Banjar Kaja leader, I Made Sudama, this tradition will be held simply. The omed-omedan will be performed by three pairs (3 men and 3 women) who were appointed. The rest are prajuru and the community, which are limited to a maximum of 60 people in the banjar area.
Omed-omedan, according to him, will no longer be held on Jalan Raya Sesetan, but in the banjar. Also, strict health protocols will be implemented including strict guarding outside the area so that no people force their way in because they want to watch omedan.
According to Balinese beliefs, this tradition was never abolished.
However, there was a strange incident in the area, namely bangkung mapalu or two pigs fighting. Since this incident, this tradition has continued to be held.
Omed-omedan comes from the Balinese language, namely med-medan means attraction.
Although the history is not certain, it is stated that these omedans originated in the 17th century.
It is said that at that time the Sesetan region was controlled by a king and the king was seriously ill.
In the courtyard of the castle, he saw the servants and the people rejoicing and embracing each other and at that moment the king’s illness disappeared.
After that, the king held a joyous activity every Nyepi that was later named omed-omedan.
Furthermore, in 1979, Parisada Hindu Dharma Indonesia (PHDI) requested that the omed-omedan event, which was initially held right on Nyepi, be moved to the day of Ngembak Geni or the day after Nyepi.
photo by Calvin Damas Emil