NYEPI HOLIDAY – The Silence Day
Once within the Balinese lunar year, the Balinese community and anyone who resides in the island of Gods witness one of the biggest Balinese holidays called “Nyepi,” or the Day of Silence. This year, the sacred day falls on Wednesday, March 9th, 2016.
The evening before Nyepi, a procession is held in every neighborhood in which hideous-looking figures called “Ogoh-ogoh” – symbolizing evil spirit – are carried along the streets in a parade. At the end of the parade, the figures are then burned to ashes. The ritual bears a symbolization of cleansing one’s soul from all negative energies by means of meditation and abstinence so that the soul may start anew on a clean slate. At the break of the dawn, there comes the day of absolute stillness – suspension of all activities. All is quiet, from which the holiday takes its name. Nyepi is the purification of the entire island to welcome the Balinese New Year that usually marks the end of the rainy season and the arrival of the new season.
The period of silence commences at the break of the sunrise (Wednesday, March 9th, 2016), and continues on till the next sunrise. During this period, everyone without exception should remain indoors. All Balinese spend the next twenty-four hours praying and meditating. No lights are allowed, nor are cooking, smoking, and fire. Noise should also be kept at a minimum. Bali airport and offices are all closed, whereas hospitals, fire department, state-owned power company, and hotels have their employees ready one day before and after the Nyepi holiday.
While hotels are allowed minimum lights, guests may not leave their hotels during Nyepi. Traditional guards patrol around to ensure everyone complies with the rules.
As a smaller number of employees will be at work and resources will be limited on Nyepi, we ask for your patience and understanding should services be a little slow.
Nyepi officially ends at sunrise on Thursday, March 10th, 2016.
The information here is only general guidelines. Please contact your hotel for detail as each of Sun Island Bali hotels may have different rules regarding Nyepi.
Lighting will be kept at a minimum. We would appreciate if you could respect this Balinese religious custom and switch off the lights that are not necessary. All outdoor lights will be switched off.
On Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 transportation service will be available as usual until 3 p.m. All guests are requested to be back at the hotel before 11 p.m. as there will be no transportation available anywhere in Bali after that. Transportation service will resume on Thursday, March 10th, 2016 at 6 a.m.
There will be no TV channel programs broadcast during NYEPI Day on Wednesday, March 9th, 2016. In-house room movies entertainment will be available based on Hotel schedule.
RESTAURANT & ROOM SERVICE
Please check with your hotel regarding food & beverage options.
Please check with your hotel regarding pool operation. In some of our hotels, pools are closed during Nyepi.
Cleaning services will be available until 6 p.m.
We would also like to inform you that you may not be able to book rooms during the period affected by Nyepi Day. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.