The Island of Bali is currently celebrating Nyepi, the Balinese new year and Hindu celebration, by shutting down and having a Day of Silence.
The Balinese New Year’s celebration started on March 17th and is lasting six days. Yesterday, during Nyepi, the Day of Silence, the island came to a halt.
There were no flights scheduled, no one could leave or enter Bali at this time. Everything was closed, and no light was meant to be lit. Hotels had leeway on this, due to the tourists, but they covered their windows and they had a minimal number of staff working.
No one was allowed to drive or walk around, and everyone was meant to stay indoors. There were even watchmen who patroled the streets to make sure no one was outside.
Some of the Nyepi Rules are:
– Silence: Tourists don’t have to be silent, but must be really quiet, so no loud music or television
– Stay indoors
– Everything is closed
– No lights should be visible from outside
Some tips if you are in Bali during these days:
– Stock up on snacks and drinks
– Book accommodation with some facilities such as restaurant, fridge, pool, AC
– Bear in mind you might get stuck in Bali the day after Nyepi too
– Don’t miss Ogoh-Ogoh statues on Nyepi Eve!
(Source: Smailing DMC)
If you are planning to visit Bali during this time of the year, we recommend you to organise your trip earlier than you would normally do. If you have any questions or would like to have further information on Nyepi or Bali, please visit Ovation Indonesia or contact us