Nyepi, Bali’s Silent New Year

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In Bali, Indonesia, the Saka New Year—which this year falls on March 12—is observed by a day of silence, meditation and fasting known as Nyepi.

The holiday, while rooted in Hinduism, is observed throughout Bali province. All activities that might interfere with self-reflection are halted, including work, travel, entertaining and, for the most devout, eating and talking.

On the eve of Nyepi, negative spirits are vanquished through the Bhuta Yajna ritual. During this ritual, Ogoh-ogoh—large demonic figures constructed of bamboo and paper—are paraded through the streets and then ceremonially burned. Once purified of humans’ spiritual pollutants, the city is prepared for its day of silent reflection.

Woke up to a beautiful day in paradise… Today is Nyepi which is the Balinese day of silence 🙊 No cars or transport are allowed on the roads… No one is allowed to leave the house and it’s all lights out this evening. All of Bali shuts down for this one special day including the airport and all shops. This day celebrates the coming of the New Year based on the Saka Calendar. A peaceful day of meditation and fasting. I have never experienced such… the shutting down of an entire island. So special ✨ I am blessed to be here to bear witness to such… 🙏 May all beings be unified… #Nyepi #Bali #Indonesia


Happy Nyepi! Nyepi is a Balinese “Day of Silence” that is celebrated based on the Balinese calendar (in 2013, it falls on March 12). It’s a day of fasting and meditation for the Balinese, and the following day is the celebration of the New Year.


Selamat Hari Nyepi! Nyepi adalah “Hari Keheningan” di Bali yang dirayakan berdasarkan kalender Bali  (pada tahun 2013, tanggal tersebut adalah 12 Maret). Hari ini merupakan hari berpuasa dan bermeditasi untuk warga Bali, dan hari berikutnya adalah perayaan Tahun Baru.


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Nyepi (Silence Day)

Hello people! Today i’m going to talk about this interesting event happens every once in a year in Bali, Indonesia called “Nyepi” (Silence Day). From the name of this special occasion you probably wondering why this is so called Silence Day. Well, since i’ve been living in Bali for 5 years, at first i also wonder the same thing, but the first thing that came in to my mind is that it’s all about being silence for one day.

At the first time i experienced the Nyepi (Silence Day) it was an awesome and unbelievable experience even though i’m Indonesian and for the last 5 years, i never regret to stay in Bali during the Nyepi (Silence Day). Okay, lets jump on the next part, what is Nyepi (Silence Day) actually is.

Nyepi is a Balinese “Day of Silence” that is commemorated every Isakawarsa (Saka new year) according to the Balinese calendar. It is a Hindu celebration mainly celebrated in Bali, Indonesia. Nyepi, a public holiday in Indonesia, is a day of silence, fasting and meditation for the Balinese. The day following Nyepi is also celebrated as New Year’s Day. On this day, the youth of Bali practice the ceremony of Omed-omedan or ‘The Kissing Ritual’ to celebrate the new year. The same day celebrated in India as ugadi. Interesting ?! hahaha

Observed from 6 a.m. until 6 a.m. the next morning, Nyepi is a day reserved for self-reflection, and as such, anything that might interfere with that purpose is restricted. The main restrictions are no lighting fires (and lights must be kept low); no working; no entertainment or pleasure; no traveling; and, for some, no talking or eating at all.

The effect of these prohibitions is that Bali’s usually bustling streets and roads are empty, there is little or no noise from TVs and radios, and few signs of activity are seen even inside homes. The only people to be seen outdoors are the Pecalang (traditional security men who patrol the streets to ensure the prohibitions are being followed).

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.

There are also some rituals before, on and after the Nyepi Day, which are also interesting, for example The Bhuta Yajna Ritual it is performed in order to vanquish the negative elements and create a balance with God, Mankind, and Nature where people from the villages usually make ogoh-ogoh, demonic statues made of bamboo and paper symbolizing negative elements or malevolent spirits. After the ogoh-ogoh have been paraded around the village, the Ngrupuk ritual takes place, which involves burning the ogoh-ogoh.

It’s always a great thing to be in a place where it’s usually crouded noisy and busy with such tourism activities and many more things and then they stop all the activities for one day, no one going out of their houses, no lights, no fire, no speaking out loud, no activities at all, all remain silence for one day. Sometimes it’s really cool where you could imagine how a city is unocupied during the day and the night!

Most of the time, i like the night time during the Nyepi (Silence Day) as you can not see any lights from anywhere outside, all you can see is the moon light and all these beautifull scenery when you look up on the sky.

If you want to try to experience the Nyepi Day, you should be arrived in Bali some couple days before Nyepi to stock your place with foods and snacks and candles if necessary haha, stay in the hotel or villa or even house, remain silence, enjoy the stillness during Nyepi and some interesting activities or ritual before and after the Nyepi Day!

From Nyepi, the Balinese ‘Day of Silence’, one of 27 photos. A Balinese man hits another with a burned coconut husk during the “Mesabatan Api” ritual a head of Nyepi Day in Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia, on March 30, 2014. Mesabatan Api is held annually a day before the Nyepi Day of Silence, symbolizing the purification of the universe and human body through fire. Nyepi is a Hindu celebration observed every new year according to the Balinese calendar. The national holiday is one of self-reflection and meditation – activities such as working, watching television or traveling are restricted between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Purifying morning in Bali ⁂ The #Melasti ceremony is a #Hindu ritual to absolve Bhuana Alit (small world) and Bhuana Agung (the universe). Beautiful parades to the beach accompanied by all the equipment ceremonies & the symbol of gods to the sea or other water sources that are believed by Hindus as a place to purify all the elements of this universe ⁂ Melasti takes place 3 days before #Nyepi (silent day) ︴#thisisbali #selamatharimelasti (at Melasti Ceremony)