BALINESE NEW YEAR – Saka 1945

NYEPI

Nyepi
24h Silence

The period of total silence on the Island of Gods will be between

Wednesday, 22nd March 6am, and Thursday, 23rd March 6am.

Everyone needs to stay at home, shut the lights, remain quiet. Nobody is allowed to be outside. Flights and boats to and from Bali are suspended.

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Nyepi - Balinese New Year

​​The Balinese New Year festivities are unique to this side of the world. Immerse yourself in a wonderful celebration of reflection, a day of letting the earth breathe, and learn more of the deeper, spiritual and mystical aspects of the Balinese New Year. If you are in Bali during Nyepi, experience first-hand why this period is so significant.

When is Nyepi in 2023

22. March 2023

WHAT IS NYEPI?

No voices, no movement, no activity, and everything comes to a stop and a standstill. While the rest of the world light fireworks and celebrate with a huge bang, the highlight of Bali’s New Year is rather the opposite. In the middle of their observance in commemorating the coming of a new year, Nyepi is oftentimes known as the Day of Silence, as the whole island becomes completely quiet.

Nyepi, meaning “to keep silent”, falls on the day after the dark moon of the spring equinox when the day and night are of approximately equal duration. Hotels will have their windows covered, there will be no light found lit in any Balinese home, and not any noise on the roads when everything goes dark.

A unique experience for the Balinese, and visitors and tourists who may be visiting during this significant period. If you are in Bali during Nyepi, make sure you do not plan any travelling or outside activities on this day.

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 time, there will be parades of the famous Ogoh-Ogoh statues through the streets, accompanied by loud noises and gamelan music. Take pictures, and witness this unique spectacle, especially as most of these massive Ogoh-Ogohs are burnt after the parade. This is usually happening on “Nyepi Eve”, here tourists and visitors are welcome to watch at night before the whole island shuts down by dawn.

This soundless day is observed by not just the people but the entire island. Among other things, everything is closed during Nyepi, including the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar (DPS), and as such there will be no flights coming in or out of the island.

Everything is shut down, from roads, shops, and restaurants are not open to both tourists and Balinese. Even the beaches are prohibited. Anything other than being indoors is restricted. While indoors, inhabitants must ensure that all audio devices are turned down to a minimum volume. And when the day draws to an end as the sun sets, the curtains need to be pulled shut, with minimum light being used. If an airplane was to fly over Bali, the Island would be too dark to be seen.

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
  • Amati Lelunganan: No traveling
  • Amati Lelanguan: No revelry / self entertainment

To ensure that all the rules are obeyed, local guards known as Pecalang (Nyepi Police) are deployed all over the Island, patroling their respective areas. The only exceptions are life-threatening conditions and women in labor as hospitals will still be open.

Nyepi and the Balinese Calendar

Isakawarsa – the Balinese New Year – is celebrated by the Hindus for a period of six days following the Balinese calendar, however the most notable events occur between three occasions. Firstly, Ogoh-Ogoh parades takes place after sunset of day two. Secondly, Nyepi, the Day of Silence, falls on day three. And lastly, Ngembak Geni is when communities come together and rejoice in the new year.

Nyepi Day, like almost all Balinese religious festivals and holy days, is always calculated based on the Balinese calendar (Caka or Saka). One full year of the Balinese calendar consists of 12 sasih (Balinese months). Each month (sasih) consists of 35 days which is usually a complete cycle of one new moon (dark moon or Tilem) and one full moon (Purnama).