Bali’s annual Nyepi Celebration

February 12, 2016

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With the arrival of Springtime in Bali also begins the Balinese New Year when the Ogoh Ogoh arrive. These are paper mache representations of the dark entities which the villagers banish as they run through the streets shouting and reeking noisy havoc! The resulting celebration is finalized with a burning ritual of the effigies. Then feasting and dancing.

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In complete contrast to the chaos of Ogoh-ogoh tradition, the following day becomes a day of seclusion. Once a year, during the first New moon in March, the usually bursting streets of Bali fall silent for Isakawarsa, the Balinese New Year.

This year the Nyepi observance will fall on Wednesday, March 9th 2016 from 6 am to 6 pm the intended day of “self reflection” restricts normal Balinese life. Be prepared to see the Pecalang, patrols walking the streets of Bali to ensure that everyone respects this auspicious holiday. Exceptions are made only for true emergencies like fatal accidents and childbirth. This one day only, the streets of Bali will be empty of both people and traffic. Though tourists are allowed to do as they please in their own rooms, this day is tendered by locals with respectful silence in observance of Hari Raya Nyepi. Celebrated since 1983, seasoned travelers add it to their calendar because the beaches close down as well as the airport. But please consider arranging your travel plans to coincide with these dates.

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Some of the most festive activities surround this “Day of Silence” with many worthwhile highlights. Such as the very following day, Ngembak Geni or Balinese New Year. This day is celebrated through forgiveness of one another as well as the enticing Omed-omedan tradition of a “kissing ritual.”

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So, if experiencing Bali at its most contrasting time of the year appeals to you, please stay with us at Villa Tirta Indah. When you make your Nyepi reservation, please mention BALI25FANTASTIC for a 25% discount. Namaste!

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