BALINESE NEW YEAR – Saka 1945

NYEPI

Nyepi
24h Silence

The 2023 period of complete silence on Bali will begin on Wednesday, March 22 at 6 a.m. and last through Thursday, March 23 at the same hour. Everyone on the island must remain inside, turn off the lights, and be totally silent. There is a complete halt to all action in the outer world. Businesses close, schools close, roads close (except for emergency vehicles), and the airport closes for twenty-four hours.

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Nyepi - Balinese New Year

​​Festivities of the Balinese New Year are unlike any others throughout the globe. Learn more about the spiritual, mystical, and transcendental components of the Balinese New Year by participating in the beautiful festival of reflection, a day of letting the planet breathe. If you happen to be on Bali during Nyepi, you may see for yourself why this time is so special.

When is Nyepi in 2023

22. March 2023

WHAT IS NYEPI?

There are no longer any heard sounds, any visible motion, or any discernible activity; everything has come to a complete and total halt. The highlight of Bali’s New Year is really quite the opposite of the pyrotechnics and loud celebrations that are the norm everywhere. As the island becomes absolutely silent in the midst of their festivities of the new year, Nyepi is sometimes referred to as the Day of Silence.

Nyepi, which means “to stay silent,” occurs on the day after the dark moon of the spring equinox, when the lengths of day and night are about equal. When it becomes dark out, hotel guests won’t be able to see out of their rooms, locals won’t have their lights on, and there won’t be any traffic noise.

Nyepi is Bali’s day to wash away the wrong doings and bad omens of the previous year, ushering in a fresh and promising new year for the island.

Those fortunate enough to be on Bali at this pivotal moment will have the chance of a lifetime. They, too, have the opportunity to look back on the past year and wipe the slate clean. Do not plan any trips or outdoor activities for the day of Nyepi if you will be on Bali.

 

Things To Know About Nyepi

Nyepi is the most important and sacred Hindu holiday in Bali. While it is a general public holiday for the rest of Indonesia, the island of Bali celebrates the New Year event in a 6-day celebration.

During this period, the streets will be filled with parades of the well-known Ogoh-Ogoh idols, accompanied by loud sounds and gamelan music. Get your photographs taken with these gigantic Ogoh-Ogohs before they are all burned after the procession. Visitors and tourists are permitted to observe this event on “Nyepi Eve,” the night before the island completely closes down at sunrise.

The whole island, not just its inhabitants, observes the Day of Silence. During Nyepi, the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar (DPS) and all other airports on the island are closed, therefore there are no incoming or outgoing flights.

Roads, businesses, and restaurants are all closed to visitors and locals alike. The beaches itself are off-limits. It’s very prohibited to do anything outside of the house. The loudness of all electronic devices should be reduced to a reasonable level when within the home. And when the sun goes down, the curtains should be drawn and as little light as possible should be left on. No aircraft could land on the island since there isn’t enough light for pilots to see the ground.

Rules

The Balinese follow these restrictions for 24 hours as part of the ceremony on the Day of Silence:

From 6 am of Nyepi until 6 am the next day

  • Amati Geni: No fire or light, including electricity
  • Amati Karya: No working or business of any kind
  • Amati Lelunganan: No traveling
  • Amati Lelanguan: No noisy festivities or self entertainment

Local guards called Pecalang (Nyepi Police) are stationed in strategic locations around the island to enforce law and order and maintain peace and quiet. Hospitals will remain open for those with life-threatening conditions or who are in the midst of childbirth, though.

Nyepi and the Balinese Calendar

Although the Hindu community of Bali celebrates Isakawarsa (the Balinese New Year) for a full six days in accordance with the Balinese calendar, the festival’s most important festivities occur on three different days. As a first step, on day two, after sundown, there are Ogoh-Ogoh parades. Second, on the third day, they observe Nyepi, the Day of Silence. Finally, Ngembak Geni is a time for communities to celebrate the beginning of a new year together.

Nyepi Day, like almost all other Balinese religious festivals and holy days, is always determined according to the Balinese calendar (Caka or Saka). According to the Balinese calendar, there are 12 months (sasih) in a year (Balinese months). There is typically one new moon (dark moon or Tilem) and one full moon during a calendar month (sasih), totaling 35 days (Purnama).