Balinese “Fire War”: Mesabatan Api

Balinese “Fire War”: A Special Ceremony

The day before Nyepi “Silence Day” which marks the Balinese New Year based on the lunar calendar, a ceremony called Mesabatan Api “Fire War” is celebrated by the villagers of Pakriaman Nagi in the regency of Gianyar. This ritual which takes place in Ubud symbolizes the purification of human and universe through fire. It involves Balinese men living in the village and burned coconut husks. Men lash the burn coconuts off each other before meditating, fasting and self-reflecting the next day. The ceremony is an annual unique event in the World, that is only performed and seen on the island of Gods: Bali.

If you happen to be in Bali at this period of the year, make sure you attend this special ceremony!