A day of silence, meditation, and self reflection.
On March 9 Bali will celebrate the Balinese New Year in the Hindu Lunar calendar, also known as Nyepi or “Day of Silence”. It is a public holiday on the island, as well as a day of silence, fasting, and meditation for the Balinese.
Nyepi is observed from 6 a.m. on March 9 to 6 a.m. on March 10. During this period restrictions are placed on all activities. Everyone on the island have to stay indoor. There will be no work, no entertainment or pleasure, no travelling, and no lighting of fires. Lights, when switched on, have to be kept low. Bali literally comes to a standstill with almost complete silence throughout the island.
Although Nyepi is primarily a Hindu holiday, non-Hindu residents of Bali and tourists are not exempted from these restrictions. They also have to observe a day of silence out of respect. Tourists are free to do as they wish inside their hotels, but no one is allowed onto the beaches or streets. The only exceptions are for ambulances responding to life-threatening conditions and childbirths.
The only people seen outdoors are the Pecalang, traditional security men, who patrol the streets to ensure that the prohibitions are being followed.
Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport, as well as all sea ports and bus terminals remain closed for the entire day.