Nyepi Day can be one of the most unique experiences you can experience in Bali. It is one of the most pleasant 24 hours of clean air and “zero emissions” when nature rests free of human activity. Nyepi is based on the old Saka calendar on the new moon night. It usually falls around March or April.
When is the day of Nyepi 2020?
Nyepi Day falls every year during the Hindu New Year. By 2020, it begins on Wednesday, March 25 at 6 a.m. and ends on Thursday, March 26 at 6 a.m. For tourists, it is a good experience to immerse yourself in Balinese culture following the celebration Nyepi.
In the months leading up to Nyepi Day, children and men of all ages will build Ogoh-Ogoh statues of various sizes, sometimes up to 25 feet tall. The cost of making a statue can vary from thousands to tens of thousands of US dollars ($ 10- $ 1,000). They are symbols of mythological beings or demons, a spirit in which negative energy can be released.
Once done, the day before Nyepi (Tuesday, March 24, 2020), a procession is carried out through the town, where music is played and the men carry the Ogoh-Ogoh on their shoulders. It is believed that this process alters the evil spirits and leaves the village and stops harming people. Once the procession has taken place, the Ogoh-Ogoh is taken to the cemetery or the beach, where it finally burns to ashes as a symbol of purification.
Things to keep in mind to make the most of your day in Nyepi.
- The silence begins at 6:00 a.m. from March 25, 2020, with the sunrise and lasts until the next 24 hours.
- All stores are closed on Nyepi day.
- If you listen to music or watch TV in the villa, keep the sound to a minimum
- There is no traffic on the entire island of Bali on this day
- Ngurah Rai airport is completely closed on March 25, 2020, so there are no arrivals or departures at the airport that day. All transfer airports around the world have been informed in advance.
- In Bali, activities are only allowed in the emergency departments and in the maternity department of the hospitals and in the airport arrivals department. Emergencies are taken into account and tolerated. The whole island is silent.
Stay in your villa / Hotel for 24 hours – (All people in Bali stay inside and all businesses are closed.) Emergency services work actively, but every movement is kept to a minimum). The local police will patrol on the streets to ensure that this is respected.
If you need cash, visit your local ATM or exchange office, as they will close at 12:00 p.m. from the day before Nyepi, and in some cases after Bali time they will be reopened after Nyepi day late in the afternoon.
For Nyepi, there is an absolute day of rest, based on the four rules of Catur Brata, namely:
Amati Geni: it is forbidden to light fires, ignite or satisfy the human appetite.
Amati Karya: Prohibition of any physical work that does not serve for purification and spiritual renewal.
Amati Lelungan: prohibit movement or travel; People have to stay in their homes.
Amati Lelangunan: Prohibition of any type of entertainment, recreation or general entertainment.
The day after Nyepi, which is celebrated this year on March 26, 2020, is called Ngembak Geni. This is when Balinese Hindus visit families, neighbors and relatives to exchange forgiveness, similar to the Muslim custom of Ied Al Fitri in Indonesia. They will also perform the Dharma Canthi reciting sloka, consecration and other religious scriptures.
The best place to see the Ogoh-Ogoh parade is Kuta Beach, Seminyak, Nusa Dua and Sanur. that each town will make at least one Ogoh Ogoh, which is quite spectacular. In the capitals Sanur, Kuta, Denpasar, Ubud and other competitions are organized around the best Ogoh-Ogoh.