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Bali’s Day of Silence “Nyepi”
Saka New Year 1939 of Hindus falls on Tuesday 28 March 2017
The Balinese Hindus do not celebrate the coming of the new year of Saka Calendar with lavish party; We celebrate it with meditation instead. No activities are allowed to take place. These mandatory religious prohibitions include no pleasure (amati lelangon), no traffic (amati lelungan), no fire (amati geni) and no work (amati karya) and Day of Silence to mark the New Year according to Balinese calendar which the grand ceremonies will be held throughout the island on the 27th, before the whole activities stop for 24 hours and the island goes completely silent making it look uninhabited on the 28th.
Nyepi is a day to make and keep the balance of nature. From the religious and philosophy point of view, Nyepi is meant to be a day of self introspection to decide on values, e.g humanity, love, patience, kindness, that should be kept forever. Balinese Hindus have much kind of celebrations but Nyepi is, perhaps the most important of the island's religious days and the prohibitions are taken seriously, particularly in the villages.
Hotels are exempt from Nyepi's rigorous practices but streets outside will be closed to both pedestrians, vehicles and Airport (except for emergency vehicles) and village wardens (Pecalang) will be posted to keep people are not on the street. So wherever you happen to be staying on March 28th in Bali, this will be a good day to spend indoors. Indeed Nyepi day has made Bali a unique island than others.
One day before Nyepi, Pengerupukan Day, there will be a nearest Ogoh-Ogoh parade performed by our neighboring in the evening. Ogoh-Ogoh is the manifestation of a person, an object or anything that disturbs human lives and you are more than welcome to witness this ritual parade before dinner time at 6pm on Monday, 27 March 2017.