Melasti is one of many traditional processions that makes up the Balinese Nyepi Day ceremony.
In essence, Melasti is a ceremony intended to purify or cleanse the body in welcoming the Caka New Year. This is usually done in places in springs or large bodies of water, such as the beach, rivers, or lakes that are considered as sacred.
The cleansing is not only done to the physical human body, but also certain sacred objects usually found in Balinese temples such as Barong, Rangda, and Pratima. These sacred objects will also be brought by the whole village to the springs.
Melasti is normally conducted 3 days before Nyepi Day, or done based on the local village’s rules. It is hoped that everything will return to its pure and clean state, ready for the Tapa Brata Panyepian as the pinnacle of the Balinese Nyepi Day.