In this year, Nyepi or Silence Day in Bali will celebrate on Saturday, 17th March 2018. On this sacred day, Hindus will do a Catur Brata Penyepian or four abstinence, i.e. Amati Karya (no working), Amati Lelungan (no traveling), Amati Geni (no fire or light), and Amati Lelanguan (no having fun).
Nyepi in Bali has its own impression for the tourists. The streets will be deserted, and in the evening it will be pitch dark because there is no light. You have to keep in mind that you must also have to obey the rules that applied on Nyepi when visiting the island known by the nickname of the Island of God.
And here are some tips if you are in Bali when Nyepi:
The day before Nyepi, people in Bali will hold Ogoh-Ogoh parade and this parade is highly expected by the Balinese themselves and the tourists. Ogoh-Ogoh is a giant doll with a demonic face and representing Bhuta Kala or a symbol of a negative element. Ogoh-Ogoh parade starting from the afternoon until night on the streets around Bali. Several shops, restaurants, and streets will also be closed when this parade takes place.
If you want to watch the Ogoh-Ogoh parade, make sure to leave before the afternoon so as not to get high traffic on the way to the location of the parade.
Not only local people, but the tourists also have to obey the rules, especially no traveling and no having fun. This will certainly be felt for you if this is your first time celebrate Nyepi in Bali. To overcome the boredom, the hotel where you stay usually provide Nyepi package. Their packages include classes yoga, swimming, or spa.
Nyepi will last for 24 hours. From March 17th at 06.00 am until the next day on March 18th at 06.00 am. After that, all activities will be return to normal. On this day, Omed-Omedan or Mass Kiss Ritual festival will also be held, which you can see in the south of Denpasar, precisely in Sesetan.
Not only the Bus stop, airports, and ports also will not be operating during Nyepi. Plan your travel time accurately and do not be hesitate to come or go to Bali when Nyepi if you do not want to get stuck at the airport or port. Typically, travel agencies will also close the ticket purchases to and from Bali on Nyepi day.
You are prohibited from leaving the hotel during Nyepi, but you are still allowed to walk and do activities in the hotel environment. In addition, you can also listen to music or watch television at the hotel. What should be remembered is not to make a noise when doing the activities to honor the community who are doing Nyepi’s Tapa Brata.
During Nyepi, all shops and restaurants are closed. If the hotel where you stay does not have a package for breakfast, lunch, and dinner there is nothing wrong to prepare food, snacks, and drugs the day before Nyepi. Usually, some supermarkets also hold special promo to welcoming Nyepi day.
The atmosphere of the night when Nyepi is the most awaited by everyone in Bali. Due to the prohibition of turning on the lights during Nyepi, the sky in Bali will be dark so you can see the sky which is studded with stars with naked eye. The air in Bali will also be cooler and pollution-free because during the day there are no vehicles passing on the streets.
If you are feeling not well and need treatment from a doctor, please immediately report to your Hotel staff, so they can call the nearest hospital. An ambulance will pick you up later. Ambulances and certain avenues still allowed to operate during Nyepi for emergency situations.
That’s some tips for deal with Nyepi in Bali. After reading the tips, are you still interested to come to Bali when Nyepi? Our advice is, do not hesitate to visit because this can be a very memorable experience as well as give your natural opportunity, body and mind to rest in the silence of Nyepi.