Prevent Corona Governor of Bali Prohibit Ogoh-ogoh Parade – Bali Governor I Wayan Koster instructed not to hold the ogoh-ogoh march. This policy aims to prevent the spread of Corona virus (COVID-19).
Koster conveyed that in the Bali Governor’s Instruction Letter No. 267/01-B / HK / 2020 concerning the Implementation of the 1942 Saka Nyepi Holy Day Series in Bali. The letter signed by Koster was dated March 20, 2020.
In the letter, Koster instructed regents / mayors in Bali, Parisada Hindu Dharma Indonesia in Bali, the Bali Traditional Council of Villages, and Bandesa Custom / Kalihan villages in Bali.
The Malasti / Makiyis / Malis, Tawur Kasanga and Pangrupukan ceremonies were carried out by involving ceremonial officials in a very limited number, at most 25 people, only for the main implementers, namely the main stakeholders, stakeholders, and carriers, Koster said.
While the ogoh-ogoh parade was forbidden in any form. Second, do not carry out the ogoh-ogoh parade, in any form, ogoh-ogoh, he said.
Koster asked related parties to carry out, coordinate, and supervise the implementation of these instructions with discipline and full responsibility.
He added, the instruction was based on his consideration that the increasing spread of COVID-19. Therefore, prevention efforts must be increased for the sake of saving humanity.
Previously, the Governor of Bali I Wayan Koster together with the Chairman of Parisada Hindu Dharma Indonesia (PHDI) of Bali Province I Gusti Ngurah Sudiana and the Chairperson of the Bali Provincial FKUB issued a Domino circular related to the ogoh-ogoh parade which would be held before the Nyepi holiday. Hindus are still allowed to perform the ogoh-ogoh parade on condition.
The ogoh-ogoh pengarakan associated with the Tawur Kasanga Ceremony of the Nyepi holy day of Saka Year 1942, the ogoh-ogoh celebration was not a series of Nyepi holy days so it was not compulsory to do so the ogoh-ogoh ceremony should not be carried out, Sudiana said when reading a circular letter at a press conference. in the post of Bali Governor Jayasabha’s house.