omed omedan 2024

Omed-omedan is one of the traditions of the Balinese Hindu community held one day after Nyepi, Ngembak Geni where Balinese people can return to their normal activities. In Indonesian, the term omed-omedan means pulling each other. The event begins with prayers at the temple. Then young single people divided into men and women are paraded and confronted to pull each other, hug (gelut), kiss foreheads, cheeks or lips (diman) and splashed with water (siam). 

This tradition is thought to have taken place since the 17th century which originated from the royal community of Puri Oka, South Denpasar. At that time, the community made a game of tug of war that turned into embracing each other. This tradition became more exciting until kissing each other and water sprinkling began. Today, only the Sesetan traditional village community still carries out this tradition. Young single people aged 17-30 years old who participate in this event sing the omed-omedan song simultaneously accompanied by gamelan chimes.

The omed-omedan tradition was discontinued because it was not in line with eastern customs where kissing in public is considered taboo. However, after it was stopped there was a pig fight at the place where omed-omedan is usually held which is believed to be a bad omen, so this tradition was carried out again. Apart from being a form of respect for ancestral culture, maintenance and preservation of culture, this tradition is also believed to strengthen the love between residents so that bonds are formed that educate each other, love each other, and foster each other. The excitement of this tradition also attracts the attention of foreign and local tourists. Thousands of spectators and tourists try to take pictures when young couples perform this hereditary ritual.


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