What is Nyepi in Bali?
What is Nyepi in Bali? Nyepi is commonly called ‘Silent Day’ In Bali – this year Bali marked Hari Raya Suci Nyepi Saca 1943 on Sunday, 14 March 2021. Yep that’s right – in the Balinese calendar it’s 1943!
From sunrise on 14 March until dawn the following day – All Island residents are expected to spend the entire period in their houses with the lights off.
Occurring on the Balinese calendar once every 210 days, Nyepi in Bali is a day of absolute silence in which seaports and the airport are closed for 24 hours. – Although Nyepi is primarily a Hindu holiday, non-Hindu residents and tourists are not exempt from the restrictions. Although they are free to do as they wish inside their hotels, no one is allowed onto the beaches or streets, and the only airport in Bali remains closed for the entire day. The only exceptions granted are for emergency vehicles responding to life-threatening conditions and women about to give birth.
Doesn’t sound appealing? On the contrary, many like me look forward to it each year – The silence is bliss!
Read more here on Wikipedia if you like know more about Nyepi in Bali.