Spending Nyepi in Bali is an amazing experience, especially if you are interested in culture and local life. Although during Nyepi Day people must stay at home/hotel, the days prior and after Nyepi are filled with many ceremonies and rituals. One of them is Omed-Omedan. This tradition is held at Sesetan Village in Denpasar, the following day after Nyepi, by young people of the Banjar. Those between 17 to 30 years old, unmarried, male, female – involves in this cheering ritual as an expression to celebrate the New Year Caka. Since morning, they begin the procession with praying together in the temple for a blessing from the Gods.
Omed-omedan, which originally means tug and pull, starts in the midday. Men and women are split into two groups. One by one, a man and a woman from each group will be put on the shoulder, and approach each other. When the two groups meet in the centre, the ‘actor’, usually man side, will try to pull the woman for a hug, even some time get a chance to kiss. In the middle of the action, buckets of water are flushed upon them.