Bali continues to be a very popular choice amongst the members here on Koolred. It is, after all, one of the favorite island destination in the region, where people from all over the world flock to enjoy its beaches, resorts, food, culture and natural beauty.
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Speaking of Bali, today marks a unique occasion in the island called Nyepi. Known as a "Day of Silence", Nyepi is a religious celebration observed by the Hindus. It is also considered as a Balinese New Year, but its celebration is the opposite than other New Year celebrations. Instead of partying, Balinese would observed the day with silence, fasting and meditation. Many rituals will be performed - some starts 3-4 days prior - which involves offerings and prayers at temples and exorcism ceremonies to cleanse oneself of negative and evil elements. This is followed by the day of silence, which includes conditions like no light/fire will be lit, no travelling or working, fasting or any form of revelry. This goes on between 6am and 6am the following day. This ritual ends with acts of forgiveness and some songs and readings to welcome the new days to come.
Nyepi is likely the most important religious celebration in Bali and the prohibitions are taken seriously. Though hotels are exempted from observing these prohibitions, visitors to Bali are advised to respect this religious celebration and to stay indoors during this time. The shops and the streets will be closed anyway and village wardens (Pecalang) will be patrolling around. Good time to stay in and enjoy the peace and quiet.
Have a good and quiet Nyepi Day to all in Bali.