Next 28th March will be Nyepi, one of the most important day in Bali: it’s the first day of the year 1939 according to Balinese calendar and is well known as the Day of Silence.
Observed from 6 a.m. until 6 a.m. of the next morning, Nyepi is a day reserved for self-reflection and anything that might interfere with that purpose is restricted so no lighting fires, no light, no working, no entertainment or pleasure, no traveling and, for some, no talking or eating at all. Also the international airport is shutted down for one day. The effect of these prohibitions is that Bali’s streets and roads are empty, there is no noise from TVs and radios, and few signs of activity are seen even inside homes. The only people who are allowed to go outside are Pecalang, traditional security men who patrol the streets to ensure the prohibitions are being followed.
From the religious and philosophy point of view, Nyepi is meant to be a day of self introspection to decide on values, humanity, love, patience, kindness, that should kept forever. Balinese Hindus have many kind of celebrations, some sacred days, but Nyepi is, perhaps, the most important of the island’s religious days and the prohibitions are taken seriously.
The celebrations begin four days before Nyepi with Melasti ceremony and, on the eve of Nyepi, with the Ogoh-Ogoh parade.
Nyepi day has made Bali a unique island. During the day you have no noise except the sound of nature and during the night you have no light except the shining of stars.
If you have a chance to be here on that day you will never forget it for the rest of your life.