Nyepi is the most important religious day in Bali. Known as the "Day of Silence" and marking the new year of the Balinese calendar. Nyepi is celebrated with fasting and meditation for the Balinese.
The celebration starts with 'Pangrupukan', a day before Nyepi day, where the streets are filled with 'Ogoh-ogoh' carnival, a procession where local's parade creatively made demonic statues from bamboo and paper symbolizing negative elements or malevolent spirits. The ritual ends by burning the 'Ogoh-ogoh' to symbolize that the evil spirits are driven away. In Nusa Dua area, guests are welcome to join the carnival which located within walking distance outside BTDC area.
On Nyepi day, Denpasar airport will be closed and all daily activities will be restricted. From 6:00AM on 28th March to 6:00AM the next day, people are not allowed to work, travel or go outside their homes. Lights and sounds will be keep at a minimum. The Balinese "Day of Silence" also applies to anyone visiting Bali at the time. Nyepi Day will fall on Tuesday, 28 March 2017.
Earth Hour is a worldwide movement for the planet organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The event is held worldwide annually encouraging individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour, from 8.30 PM to 9.30 PM towards the end of March, as a symbol for their commitment to the planet. It was famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then it has grown to engage more than 7000 cities and towns worldwide. Today, Earth Hour engages a massive mainstream community on a broad range of environmental issues. The one-hour event continues to remain the key driver of the now larger movement.
Over 172 countries and territories are participating in Earth Hour 2017 including Starwood Hotels & Resorts worldwide.
We encourage every guest to join the Earth Hour 2017 by turning off their room lights from 8.30 PM to 9.30 PM on Saturday, 25 March and sign up to www.earthhour.org to be counted.