As our feet hit the sand the evening of March 28, we immediately noticed a sea of Balinese Hindus dressed in white. Some were carrying brightly colored parasols or banners, while others balanced what looked like offerings on their heads.
Once we lost sight of the ceremony's participants, we meandered to a nearby restaurant to continue date night and marvel at what we had just seen.
We would later learn that what we witnessed on the beach in Kuta is called Melasti - a purification ceremony that occurs in the lead up to Nyepi, the Hindu Day of Silence.
Sometimes the highlight of a vacation - or even a date night with your love - is the one thing you don't plan. In our case, that was definitely the Balinese Hindu ceremony.