Nyepi Day in Bali 2018Blog , News and Events
From 17th to 18th March, the Balinese people will celebrate Nyepi or the day of silence. For one day, the airport will be close, all tourists places are not operating, and the streets will be empty because everyone are encouraged to stay at home. The Nyepi Day in Bali 2018 marks for Hindus to welcome the new year. The practice of Nyepi ritual had existed since the ancient Hindu kingdoms period in Indonesia. However, since nowadays Indonesia’s population largely consist of Moslem, the Nyepi Day is only heavily celebrated around the region of Bali.
The Bhuta Yajna Ritual
Before the day of Nyepi, the locals are preparing themselves for the main event through doing various rituals. The Bhuta Yajna ritual for instance. For this ritual, the people crafted ogoh-ogoh, a demonic figure in Hinduism believes, paraded it over the places and then burned to banish evil spirits. This ritual is aimed to restore balance in life and giving the chance for everyone to have a fresh start. After the parade is over, people dancing around the street and having feasts with their friends and family.
The Melasti Ceremony in Bali
Meanwhile, the Melasti is all about purification ceremony. For Balinese people, water is considered as the source of life. The water will cleanse out the bad deeds in people when it pours above them, and their sins will left away in the ocean. That’s why the Melasti ceremony is often celebrated at beaches.
Weaaring all white, a group of people will be doing the ritual by marching around and visiting natural water sources, such as lakes, water springs, and ocean. For the priests, Melasti is also the time to clean the sacred relics from temples with holy water. The ‘washed’ relics then are carried around the village as a protection from the evil.
Nyepi Day Activities
After all rituals are accomplished, the next morning is the day where the Nyepi Day in Bali starts. The Balinese Hindus follow four ritual acts for their Nyepi day, called as the Catur Brata Penyepian, or the ‘Four Nyepi Prohibitions’. These prohibitions include no use of fire (amate geni), no travel and commuting around (amati lelungan), no activity (amati karya), and no entertainment (amati lelanguan). There will be no lights to turn on at night, which make the island is surrounded in total darkness. The local people usually spend these times to fast and reflect on their life moments.
For tourists, staying in hotel is the only option that they have during the Nyepi Day in Bali. While some of them decide to flee away for escaping the Nyepi Day, there are also many tourists consider to stay. It is regarded as a unique experience since the Nyepi Day in Bali gives such powerful impact to shut down a whole province’s activities, and participated by people outside Hindu religion. Regardless of their ethnic identity and religion, the rules of the Nyepi Day is applied for everyone staying in Bali.
The Nyepi Day symbolizes as an act of toleration and solidarity. It is the beautiful moment to wind down your body and soul after competing with stressful things in life. Since average Bali hotels price are lower in the Nyepi Day, you can get great deals while coming to Bali right now. We provide services to help your booking process faster and easy.
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