In no time, one of the most anticipated days in Bali, Nyepi, is arriving. To welcome the holy day, the Balinese-Hindu in every corner of the island, as well as the Hindu Balinese living around the Indonesian archipelago, are preparing many things. They gather at the village halls, working side by side to do many things required for the D-day—and many days surrounding it.

However, as a globetrotter who happens to be in—or planning to go to—Bali around Nyepi, you also need to prepare for the day. Knowing these six interesting facts about Nyepi in Bali could be a start.

Nyepi is preceded by the Melasti ritual

Several days before Nyepi, the Balinese-Hindus, wearing white, traditional clothing, are going in long lines to the body of water, the source of life (tirta amertha)—beaches, estuaries, lakes, or rivers—to do a ceremony called melasti.

This sacred ritual, led by spiritual leaders, the romo and pinandita, is aimed at purifying human and nature from physical and spiritual pollutants. Besides throwing offerings, they also clean, with the water, the things they use for worshipping the gods.

The Ogoh-ogoh Parade

 

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The night before they stay at home in silence for 24 hours, the Balinese-Hindu is going to parade statues, the ogoh-ogohs, on the streets. At first, it may look like the Eastern version of Mardi Gras. But, philosophically speaking, they are somewhat different. While Mardi Gras represents a celebration, the ogoh-ogoh parade symbolizes the purification of the environment from spiritual pollutants.

However, thanks to the openness of the Balinese culture to that of the world, these days they are not only parading the ogoh-ogohs that take shape in the Balinese mythical creatures, but also the statues whose appearance look like international public figures or pop culture. So don’t be surprised finding Thor paraded on the streets of Bali the night before Nyepi.

All Hindus in Bali doing catur brata penyepian

 

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Beginning at 6pm the next morning after the ogoh-ogoh parade to 6am the following day, all of the Hindus in Bali practice the silence, “catur brata penyepian.” But it is not merely about staying home and do nothing. During catur brata penyepian, the Balinese-Hindu are not allowed to work (amati karya), to light the fire (amati geni), to travel (amati lelungan), and to have fun (amati lelanguan).

You should know that those who do not practice Nyepi are expected to respect the prohibitions. To reinforce it, pecalangs will patrol around the village streets and other public places. So make sure you’ve prepared all the things you need before the D-day.

Airport Ngurah Rai is closed during Nyepi

Since the Balinese-Hindus are forbidden to travel during catur brata penyepian, there’s no need to open the airport. As a result, Ngurah Rai Airport, the only airport in Bali, is going to be closed. (This year, the airport’s going to be closed from 6am on Wednesday, March 25, to 6pm on Thursday, March 26.)

There will be no airplane at all taking-off or landing on the tarmac during the 24 hours of silence. But are there any airplanes at the airport during Nyepi? Yes, there is. But they are just going to be parked, going nowhere. Besides, other transport hubs such as seaports and bus terminals are also going to be shut down.

No hotel check-in or check-out during Nyepi

Nyepi is the day when the Island of the Gods stood still. In addition to the shutting down of transport hubs, the hotels are also going to temporarily terminate some of their services. The reception, for example. Consequently, checking-in or checking-out a hotel during the rite of silence is a mission impossible, as there won’t be any hotel crews available behind the reception desk.

Almost one million liter fuel saved during Nyepi

Nyepi does purify the air of Bali. Since people are not allowed to travel and turn on the light, almost one million liter fuel is saved during the hours of silence. For 24 hours, the air will be pure, fresh and crisp, as if it was the very first day the good earth is inhabited by living creatures. When you look up at the sky from the gap of your room curtain on the Nyepi night you get to see the edge of Milky Way emanating beautiful colors!

So are you ready to embrace the day of silence?


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