It's coming to the end of yet another year and if you're anything like us, some of you might already be planning your holiday to Bali in 2016.
Indonesia has many public holidays throughout the year, but the most important holiday to note for travelers planning on visiting the Island of Gods is Nyepi, the Balinese New Year.
Neypi usually take place in the first week of March, and in 2016 this special holiday will fall on 9 March. It's important to note this date if you're thinking of coming to Bali around this time as on Nyepi Day itself, the whole island (including the international airport) shuts down for 24 hours and no planes will be allowed to arrive or leave Bali.
For one day and one night, everyone has to stay indoors to reflect on the past year and the approaching new year. This also includes tourists - there are no people on the streets and the beaches are empty. It's one of the most important Balinese celebrations and for visitors it's a great excuse to simply relax!
Below is a list of the National Public Holidays for the Republic of Indonesia for 2016:
|01 January||New Years Day|
|08 February||Chinese New Year|
|09 March||Nyepi (Balinese New Year)|
|25 March||Good Friday|
|01 May||Labour Day|
|05 May||Ascension Day|
|22 May||Waisak Day (Birth of Buddha)|
|04 July||Cuti Bersama (extra holiday declared by the government)|
|05 July||Cuti Bersama (extra holiday declared by the government)|
|06 July||Hari Raya Puasa (End of Ramadan)|
|07 July||Eid Al-Fitr|
|08 July||Cuti Bersama (extra holiday declared by the government)|
|17 August||Independence Day|
|12 September||Idul Adha|
|02 October||Muharram (Islamic New Year)|
|12 December||Maulidur Rasul|
|25 December||Christmas Day|
|26 December||Cuti Bersama (extra holiday declared by the government)|