‘Nyepi’ is a very important Hindu holiday in Bali and is generally referred to as the ‘Day of Silence’. It is held at the start of the Balinese year, which is typically around March or April.  In 2018, the silence begins at 6 am (sunrise) on 17 March 2018 and will run for 24 hours.

In simple terms, ‘Nyepi’ is a public holiday and you will find most locals undertaking a day of silence, fasting and meditation. The day of silence allows people to engage in self-introspection and on this day locals do not work, travel or entertain.

In contrast, on the evening before ‘Nyepi’, you are likely to find colourful parades with locals carrying a large Ogoh Ogoh statue.

Beware, if you are planning for your holiday around this period, there will be very little activity outside your hotel, on the beaches and the streets. Shops will be closed and even Denpasar International Airport remains closed all day! Only emergency operations for life saving situations and expectant women are carried out during this time. As expected, foreigners must respect the traditions of the Balinese people during ‘Nyepi’.

Select Representation’s 2 wonderful Balinese hotels (1) Grand Mirage Resort & Thalasso in Tanjung Benoa (2) Bali Mandira Beach Resort & Spa in Legian both follow the traditions of ‘Nyepi’, so please check in advance before travel, of what is and isn’t available.

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