Bali Silent Day 2019
Nyepi is a New Year celebration that will held on 7 March 2019, but it’s not the kind of party you’d expect—it’s pretty much the opposite. During this Bali Day of Silence, for 24 hours beginning at 6am, all normal activities cease.
Traffic stops on the Bali roads. Locals don’t venture outside of their area. No activities continue or ensue. Even lights are left off as it gets dark outside. Patrol men known as pecalang can be seen in the streets during Nyepi making sure the rules are followed and enforced. The day is taken very seriously!
The night before Nyepi, New Year’s Eve, is the complete opposite of the New Year Day, full of noise and celebration.
Each household in Bali performs blessings at their family temple and chases away forces known as bhuta kala by making lots of noise, banging pots and pans in the home, and lighting bamboo torches. The ogoh-ogoh statues are manifestations of these spirits.
Anyone walking out into the streets on Nyepi Eve, which starts about 7pm, would see and hear firecrackers, parade processions in the streets, and bamboo cannons going off.
WHAT BALI GUESTS CAN AND CAN’T DO FOR NYEPI
Don’t expect to travel to Bali on Nyepi Day, as transportation and the airport stops along with everything else. Whether you’re coming or going, back sure your travel day is not on March 17th if you’re travelling in 2019
If you’re staying at a Bali hotel for Nyepi, prepare to stay within your hotel premises during the entire Silent Day. You don’t have to participate in every aspect of Nyepi, such as leaving all lights off (unless you would like to), and can enjoy the hotel offerings as before.
However, any normal activities around the island, including restaurants, bars, and beaches, won’t be happening. It’s a great opportunity to participate in the Silent Day! Kick back and enjoy the soothing sounds of Bali or open up that book you’ve been meaning to read.
Bali Garden Beach Resort is happy to accommodate you during your trip to Bali this year, whether or not you’re here during Nyepi. Our staff are friendly and eager to ensure your stay provides a luxurious experience of Bali culture and everything it has to offer. Check out our hotel special to book a stay today!