Hi friends of Samadi!
In March there happens to be the most sacred and important Hindu holiday, Nyepi, the day of silence and self-reflection. The 17th of March the whole island will be quiet and calm – basically closed. No shops or restaurants are open, no vehicles are allowed on the streets and even the airport will close for the day! Everybody must stay indoors, keep noise and lights to a minimum. When the sun sets the curtains must be drawn shut. If an airplane was to fly over Bali, the Island would not be seen. Local watchmen known as Pecalang will make sure no people are wandering around on the streets and that the rules of Nyepi are obeyed. If you are in Bali during Nyepi make sure you do not plan any traveling or outside activities.
There are many days of preparation, celebration and ritual leading to Nyepi. The most famous being the day before Nyepi when you can see the stunning Ogoh Ogoh parades where big, scary statues around the streets accompanied by noise and gamelan music. Some of the Ogoh Ogooh are burnt after the parade.
Nyepi is dedicated to connecting with the God, through prayer, fasting and meditation. Nyepi is the day to self introspection and evaluation of personal values such as love, generosity, kindness. Instead of complaining about being bored at home all day, find grattitude to experience this special day when the whole Bali feels magical and sacred. Embrace the time to be quiet and to turn inwards. Enjoy the silence.