NYEPI DAY OF SILENCE IN BALI
NYEPI 2016 OR BALINESE NEW YEAR!
We are used to the New Year’s celebration , not only on the night of December 31 to January 1. Also we have the Old New Year, which is celebrated often with less fun than the common date. Many of our compatriots also follow the Eastern calendar, and celebrate the Chinese New Year in February, which is also common nowadays. And here on the island of Bali, the calendar is very different from the other world, and here New Year is celebrated on different dates and in a completely different way.
The date of celebration changes all the time, due to the religious calendar. I guess everyone knows that the main religion of the island -is Hindu. This year, the Balinese New Year – they call it Nyepi – will be celebrated on March 9, 2016. If you are planning a trip on those dates, then you should get ready for the celebration of its features. What are they?
First, on March 8, many places will close after dinner, someone will work until 6 pm, but there are very few of those. After 2pm the main roads will be closed due to the ceremonial processions. Locals make stuffed evil spirit Ogo Ogo and pass a kind of a contest – whose stuffed is scarier. Locals also go round their homes with metal plates and beat them to banish the evil spirits from their homes. Also, you should stock up with food for the next day, as no shops or cafe will work.
March 9, 2016 in Bali is the Day of Silence. Do not use electricity, cook, make noise. It is recommended to stay at home and not to go out. The police strictly controls that. The big hotels are allowed to use the area around, but you will not be allowed to go out of it by the guard. On this day, people do not work as well as ferries and the airport. If you do not like to spend all day like that, it makes sense to go for these days to neighboring islands or the west of Bali in a place called Medevi. In Medevi live predominantly Muslims and do not follow these rules. But you should book the hotel in Medevi in advance.