March 27, 2017 ICS Travel Group

Nyepi 2017 (Balinese New Year)

Balinese New Year – known as Nyepi – falls on Tuesday, 28 March 2017. Our office in Bali will be closed from 27 – 29 March 2017.

Nyepi is known as “Silence Day” because the island is completely silent for 24 hours. Nyepi officially begins at 6:00am on 28 March and will end at 6:00am on 29 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 (Emergency services such as hospitals, police stations, fire stations and ambulances are still on duty).
• 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. Some services may be limited and hotel staff will inform guests about various activities that will be arranged inside the hotels.

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”…distinctly Balinese giant, paper monsters. The Ogoh-ogoh procession will be held at evening, parade it around the town, to every cross-roads while other groups bringing torches.

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.

On 29 March, Balinese Hindus visit family members, neighbors and relatives to exchange forgiveness.

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