March 31, 2014
Nyepi, known as the “Day of Silence,” marks the celebration of the Balinese New Year in the Hindu Lunar calendar. A spectacular day of ceremonies, parades of great bamboo monsters, and fireworks occur on the Eve of Nyepi, followed by a day of total silence and seclusion. The community strongly believes that if the island is silent and dark, the bad spirits will leave and the New Year will start in peace. During Nyepi, from 6am until 6am the next day, the island rests. Nobody is allowed in the streets, use of electricity is restricted, and the international airport is closed.