Thousands Of Hindus Gather For The Melasti Ceremony

bali-indonesia-world-mapbali-indonesia----yoga-world-tours-mrim6tx8GIANYAR, INDONESIA – MARCH 28: Balinese Hindus devotees carry “Pratima” statues during Melasti Ceremony at Purnama Beach on March 28, 2014 in Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia.The Melasti ritual is held annually ahead of the Nyepi Day of Silence, a ceremony intended to cleanse and purify the souls of the Balinese Hindu participants. Nyepi is a Hindu celebration observed every new year according to the Balinese calendar. The national holiday is one of self-reflection and meditation and activities such as working, watching television or travelling are restricted between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)

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