Nyepi, Bali’s Day of Silence | 26 March 2009

On Nyepi no lights may be lit

Nyepi, the Hindu Day of Absolute Silence, this year from 6 a.m. on 26 March until 6 a.m. on 27 March, marks the dawn of a new year on the Bali-Hindu calender. Hindus are not allowed to turn on lights or light fires, may not do physical activities and cannot travel or take part in entertainment.

Travellers are not allowed to leave the hotel, they have to stay within the hotel’s premises.

Even the International airport will be closed, but air planes will be able to transit for technical landings and for fuel refilling.

Famous ogoh-ogoh monster parades, traditionally on eve of Nyepi, do NOT happen this year due to election campaigns.

Related links: Bali Calender | Nyepi on Wikipedia | Bali Tourism Board | Nyepi in great detail on Kupu Kupu Barong Blog