It’s what every visitor on Bali, especially Ubud, dreams of — a ceremony. On my way to Ganesha bookstore along the main road, I noticed lots of people on their Balinese formal wear. A group of men were all seated at the entrance of a “pura” across the bookstore and were all uniformly attired — white shirt, white head wear, and white sarong. Nothing really unusual in Ubud where ceremonies seem to take place everyday. As I emerged from Ganesha, I saw more people coming up from the road. Hmmmm… I went to Kue next door and took a seat by the large front window while having my slice of Beetroot Cake.
Something was going to take place. I took a spot in front of Corner Warung and inquirec with a young father was seated at the warung’s steps with his young sons what was happening. A procession of “ojeh ojeh” was going to take place. These were the large statues made of styrofoam used in processions. I had seen one in a banjar in Tihingan.
There were several ojeh and each was paraded by a particular group who would rock the image side to side and at times even bounce it. The musicians brought up the rear of the parade. It was all really fun to watch.
The parade took up the entire main road. At one point it stopped and I noticed the men were given eater in sealed cups and they opened it, too a few gulps then sprayed the ojeh with the remaining water.
From the main road, the parade turned right at the palace and continued down the entire length of the street.