The Nyepi Holiday in Bali is Incredible!

People & Culture

The Nyepi Holiday in Bali is Incredible!

Nyepi is a “Day of Silence” and a public holiday that takes place this year on March 31st, 2014 in Bali, Indonesia. It is a unique Hindu celebration strictly devoted for self-reflection along with fasting and meditation. The Balinese are restricted from working, entertainment, traveling, and for some, they may not speak or eat at all! As a result of these restrictions, Bali’s typical bustling and chaotic streets become empty, and the island becomes a bit of a ghost town-a rare occasion!

The Balinese are a very spiritual people who take pride in displaying their culture
The Balinese are a very spiritual people who take pride in displaying their culture
Offerings of fruit and other food at a temple during Nyepi, Bali
Offerings of fruit and other food at a temple during Nyepi, Bali

Out of respect for the Balinese, tourists are also not exempt from these restrictions, however free to do as they wish on the grounds of their hotel. Spend the day by your pool and dine at your hotel’s restaurants to celebrate the day, as no one is allowed on the beaches or streets, and even the airport remains closed for the day! An advantage of spending Nyepi in Bali is that you’ll have a unique opportunity to witness the amazing Ogoh-Ogoh parade which occurs the evening before Nyepi. Goway has some fantastic Bali travel ideas like beach and spa escapes, and relaxing restoration escapes in enchanting Ubud. With so many Spa, Yoga, Meditation, Wellness and dining options available to travellers, spending a day in silent contemplation may be the very reason you came to Bali!

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