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Omed-omedan, a kissing event after Nyepi

Omed-omedan is a ceremony was held by tennager of Banjar Kaja, Sesetan, Denpasar. This event was held a day right after Nyepi Day, on the “Ngembak geni” day, to welcome the new year saka(Balinese Calendar).

Omed-omedan comes from the Balinese language which means pull and push. The origin of this ceremony at the time supposedly king of Puri Oka suffered a severe pain and The king could try to seek treatment to various physicians but never healed. The day after Nyepi Day (when Ngembak Geni) the community of Puri Oka held an some game (today is known by Omed-omedan). The game was so hilarious, the atmosphere so noisy due to the event embraced the group of youth. King Puri Oka who is currently being a major pain being annoyed caused by the voice of youth which according to the event. Suddenly, the king came out and saw the people who are being
embracing each other. Surprisingly, he suddenly no longer sense his pain and was healthy as before. Thereafter, the king commanded a decree for this game to be held yearly, on a day right after Nyepi Day. Today this game is known by omed-omedan.

Omed-omedan involves sekaa teruna teruni or youths aged 17 to 30 years and the most important, Unmarried. The omed-omedan procession begins with a joint prayer to ask for salvation before an event. Hereafter, participants were divided into two groups, men and women. The two groups took positions facing each other on the village main road. Two groups Once an elder gives a signal, the two groups face each other. The rest of the participants will be reserved for the next stage. The ceremony is held only a few hours before sun goes down, approximately until 17:00/18.00 local time.

 

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