Nyepi, Day of Silence in Bali March 9th
Nyepi Day (day of silence) will take place for a total of 24 hours from 6:00 am on March 9th until 6:00 am on March 10th.
Please be advised of the following factors to consider if you are visiting Bali during this time:
Ngurah Rai airport will be closed on 9 March 2016, so there will be neither arrival nor departure in the airport. All connecting airports around the globe have been informed in advance about this.
The harbors in Bali will also be closed for the 24-hour period.
There will be no traffic on that day in the whole Bali island.
Across Bali, only emergencies will be taken into consideration and tolerated (i.e. ER rooms and maternity section of hospitals, etc.)
Guests are not permitted outside of their resort areas during this time (i.e. swimming is prohibited, walking/biking/driving is prohibited).
All shops (grocery, clothing) and restaurants will be closed.
When listening to the music or watching TV in the villa, keep the sound at minimum level.
Hotels will be asked to cover their windows and/or dim their lights.
To ensure that all the rules are obeyed local watchmen/traditional police known as Pecalang are deployed all over the Island.
For the people of Bali, this is the most significant and sacred Hindu celebration. On the Saka Calendar, this festivity falls on the day after the dark moon of the spring equinox when the day and night are of approximately equal duration. Balinese people all around the island meditate to purify their souls from evil spirits and sins from their previous year. During this time, the Balinese Hindus take part in 4 mandatory religious prohibitions:
No pleasure (amati lelangon)
No traffic/travel (amati lelungan)
No fire or light (amati geni)
No work (amati karya)
Although Nyepi commemorates the third day of celebration, the festivities will actually last a total of 6 days. Pengerupukan Day takes place on the eve of Nyepi with Ogoh-Ogoh parades in the late afternoon/evening. Balinese men and boys from the villages carry scary-looking creatures through the streets accompanied by noise and gamelan music. This parade is the manifestation of a person, an object, or anything that disturbs human lives. Beforehand, there will be a Perang Api (fire war) to start the parade. This is usually performed by young men using fire balls of dried coconut husks, as they throw the flaming balls at each other to symbolize the courage to be able to drive demons away. Visitors can watch, take pictures and witness this sacred and purifying ritual.