The annual Ogoh-Ogoh parades will be allowed this year in Bali, after two years of cancellation due to COVID. This is the parade of all manner of fantastic monsters that takes place the day before Nyepi, the day of silence. Many village leaders, however, are nervous about the prospect of contributing to the spread of COVID, given that the parades are attended by nearly everyone on the island.
In fact, as the number of Omicron infections increases throughout the country, Bali, which has been on level II COVID restrictions, is expected to return to level III or even level IV.
When will it all end?
A 29 year old man from Sumba has been arrested for breaking into a shop in Tabanan last week. It seems however not to have been the most cleverly conceived crime as the shop he burglarized was directly next door to his own rented room. The man admitted to the arresting officers that he had spent the 2.5 million Rupiah stolen to host a birthday party for a friend of his. He also stole packs of cigarettes worth another 5.5 million, handing these out to his friends at the party. What a guy! It is hoped, as the Sanur Weekly states, that this was the best party of his life, as he is now facing up to seven years in prison.