Contrary to many modern cultures, where the New Year is celebrated with much pomp and revelry, Balinese celebrate their New Year, or Nyepi, with a day of silence. Nyepi is usually preceded 3-4 days by the Melasti ceremony, during which communal prayer sessions are held toward the ocean. Effigies of God and temple accessories of each village are also brought in a long and colorful procession to the beach to be cleansed. The Melasti ceremonies are colorful events during which many opportunities arise for candid photography. The above is one of the candid pictures I managed to get during the session we witnessed at Pantai (Beach) Lembeng.