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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Photos of the Day: March 9, 2013

Balinese Hindu devotees pray during the Melasti ritual on March 9, 2013 in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. The Melasti ritual is held annually ahead of the Nyepi Day of Silence, a ceremony intended to cleanse and purify the souls of the Balinese Hindu participants. Nyepi is a Hindu celebration observed every new year according to the Balinese calendar. The national holiday is one of self-reflection and meditation and activities such as working, watching television or traveling are restricted between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.