Nyepi is known as “Silence Day” because on this day the island is completely silent for 24 hours. This year, Nyepi Day will start at 6:00am on 21 March and will end at 6:00am on 22 March.
- Airports and harbours will be closed for both domestic and international travel. . . no planes will land or take off for 24 hours.
- All shops and offices are closed.
- No one is allowed on the beach or on the streets.
- No motor vehicles are allowed (except ambulances, police, and in case of emergencies).
- At night, all lights will be turned off.
- Hotel guests are asked to remain on the hotel premises (but are free to enjoy the hotel facilities as usual)
The day before Nyepi, you will see a parade characterized by a very unusual procession of Oogh-Oogh. . . giant monsters. Symbolizing bad spirits, the Oogh-Oogh handmade paper statues are paraded through the streets of Bali. At each intersection, the monster is spun around counter-clockwise three times in order to confuse the spirit and drive it away from the island. At the end of the procession, the Oogh-Oogh monster is burnt to rid its evil from Bali.
On the day following Nyepi, Balinese Hindus visit family members, neighbors and relatives to ask for (and to give) forgiveness – similar to the Muslim’s Ied Al Fitri custom in other parts of Indonesia.