Nyepi, known as ‘Day of silence’ in Balinese is celebrated every year to commemorate the beginning of a new year. The date of Nyepi is chosen according to the Balinese calendar and pubic holiday is announced. It is a Hindu festival and is one of the prominent festivals celebrated in this Indonesian island.
On the day of Nyepi , silence is observed for 24 hours. Residents are not allowed to go outdoors and are rather supposed to stay indoors and celebrate the occasion with the family. It is the day for silence, meditation and fasting for the people of Bali. People are supposed to stay indoors and observe silence for 24 hours from 6 a.m to 6 a.m the next morning.
This year Nyepi falls on 17th of March 2018.
People of Bali are refrained from lighting fires. Also, there should be no entertainment, no working, no pleasure, no recreation and no food either. There should not be any lighting or minimal lighting and noise. There will not be any kind of activity on the streets except for the police patrolling to ensure there is no breaching of rules. The airports are even non-functional. Hospitals function as usual. There will not be any check-ins and check-outs at hotels. The tourists will be given meditation classes on Nyepi.
Though Nyepi is predominantly a Hindu festival, other religion people are not exempted from these rules.
On the eve of Nyepi, large statues of scary creatures called Ogoh-Ogoh are taken for procession along the streets and burnt to end the bad phase. The day after Nyepi, Ngembak Geni, normal activities start again and people ask for forgiveness to each other.
The main motive of this festival is to cleanse one’s soul and transform into a new person for the life ahead.