February 25, 2019 Mary Eden

Shh! Balinese Nyepi Day 2019

Balinese New Year – known as Nyepi Day – falls on Thursday 7th March this year. It is also known as the ‘Day of Silence’ because on this day the island of Bali is completely silent for 24 hours.
Nyepi Day will start at 6am on 7th March and will end at 6am on 8th March.

Our office in Indonesia will be open as follows:
  • Wednesday, 6th March – Pengerupukan Day: Open from 9am – 1pm
  • Thursday, 7th March – Silence day:  Closed all day
  • Friday, 8th March – Ngembak Geni Day: Open from 1pm – 6pm

In addition, please be aware of the following:

  • 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 (Emergency services such as hospitals, police stations, fire stations and ambulances are still on duty).
  • At night, all lights will be turned off.
  • Nyepi will also take place in Bromo, East Java, with the Bromo tourism area being closed from 5am on Thursday 7th March until 5am on Friday 8th March.

Hotel guests are asked to remain on the hotel premises but are free to enjoy the hotel facilities as usual. Some services may be limited and hotel staff will inform guests about various activities that will be arranged inside the hotels.

Nyepi, Balinese New Year

Nyepi, Balinese New Year

Two days before Nyepi, beaches in Bali will be crowded by people with sacred symbols, music, dancers and followers.

One day before Nyepi, the Balinese people will hold a ‘Great Sacrifice’ ceremony to welcome Nyepi day. The ceremony is focused at every intersection in Bali. The ritual is followed by Pengrupukan, a procession of Ogoh-Ogoh – giant, paper monsters. The Ogoh-Ogoh procession will be held in the evening, with a parade around the town to every cross-roads. Other people will carry torches.

Balinese Hindus will visit family members, neighbours and relatives to exchange forgiveness.

All streets around Kuta, Legian and Seminyak will be closed after 1pm – therefore clients transferring out may need to check out earlier to avoid missing flights.

We thank you for making the right travel arrangements for your clients and for informing them about these considerations in advance.