Wake up, no sound, everything’s shut, the airport’s shut, no planes flying in or out, no one on the streets, no light other than the morning rays of sun, wake up on Nyepi Day, the Day of Silence in Bali.
While the world holds its breath, spend the day with us in quiet celebration and spend an unforgettable night stargazing a sky full of stars.
The “Day of Silence” this year is Thursday March 7th 2019. It is a Hindu celebration mainly in Bali. Nyepi Day is a day of silence, fasting and meditation for the Balinese. The evening prior there is a parade of Ogoh Ogoh (paper mache monsters) in every village to scare aware the evil spirits. The monsters represent all objects, people or anything that can disrupt human life. Observed from 6.a.m until 6.a.m next morning, Nyepi is silent so the bad spirits scared aware the night before do not return. It is also a day reserved for self reflection. The main restrictions are no lightning fire (and light must be keep low), no working, no entertainment or pleasure no traveling and for some people no talking or eating at all. Hence, during Nyepi, with great tolerance from others, the island grinds to a halt for one day. With no one on the streets, no lights, no sound, the island is recharging itself.
The effect of these prohibitions is that Bali and its usual bustling streets are empty. There is little or no noise from TV or Radios and few sign of activity are seen even inside homes. The only people to be seen outdoors are the pecalang, traditional security who patrol the street to ensure the prohibitions are being followed. Although Nyepi is primarily a Hindu Holiday, non Hindu residents and tourists are not exempt from restrictions. Although they are free to do as they wish inside their hotel, no one is allowed on to the beaches or streets and the only airport in Bali remains closed for the entire day. The Exception granted are for emergency vehicles responding to life threatening conditions and women about give to birth. Nyepi night is a unforgettable night when the sky is full of stars and the silence is golden.
On day after Nyepi, known as Ngembak Geni (Relighting the fire), Social activity picks up again quickly, as families and friends gather to ask forgiveness from one another, and to perform certain religious ritual together. Fires and electricity are allowed again, and cooking of food resumes.
If you are already staying in Bali on the Day of Silence, enjoy the relaxing time. Nyepi is definitely something different and original and you cannot experience it anywhere else in the world!