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Ngembak Geni

Ngembak Geni is a day of self-introspection where locals take time to contemplate on their values about tolerance love, patience and kindness.

Most of the shops will be closed on this day, however, many restaurants will remain open. Instead, you will find many shopkeepers bring their wares to the beaches around Seminyak and sell their items at small market stalls.

Ngembak Geni, 2023 Festival Dates, Balinese Ritual Holidays

The name ‘Ngembak Geni’ is derived from two names: Ngembak which translates to ‘free’, and Geni which means ‘fire’. This translation, therefore, means that the locals who observe the festival and are free from fire. To understand this, you must delve deeper into the meanings of other surrounding holidays.

Ngembak Geni is held one day after Nyepi, a popular event and one of the most significant in Balinese culture as it celebrates the ‘Day of Silence’. After a day of reflection and self-introspection, locals will proceed to engage in daily social activities that they were prohibited from doing during Nyepi.

These social activities are complemented by carrying out a wide range of traditional rituals as a community. One of the highlights of this event is that locals will go around asking for forgiveness from each other from wrongs that may have been committed.

Some of the rituals undertaken include purification during Melasti, harmonisation and visiting others within the community. Visitors touring Bali during this period may not be involved directly in the rituals that accompany Ngembak Geni, as it is expected that they will respect the culture and traditions of the locals.

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