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The Sound of Silence on Nyepi Day

Nyepi Day (in English: Silent Day) is just around the corner, how do you plan to spend it?


There have been many articles that share on where to spend your holiday during Nyepi outside Bali. You can either go hiking the volcanoes in Java or partying in Gili Trawangan, Lombok. Well, this article is none of them.


How about taking a break from the world during the Nyepi in Bali?


The Nyepi rituals in Bali usually started with some ceremony prior to the silent day. The melasti ritual is all about purification of ourselves and one day before the silent day, the famous Ogoh-Ogoh ritual will be held where the Balinese will create puppets of devilish creatures that will be carried around the town until they are being burnt by the sea. The wisdom behind this ritual is that the devilish creatures will catch all the bad spirits in the world and immediately banish with fire at the end of the day.


We love Nyepi Day and always enjoy every minute that we spend during that day and here’s why:

1. The Ogoh-Ogoh parade is where all your crazy imagination comes alive. It shows the creativity and artistry of the Balinese through the materials to create the puppets and details in the decorations. The parade is one of a kind attraction that draws tourists to join the rituals.

2. With the unavailability of the Internet, people are being forced to make real conversation with real people. In this modern world where everything is just in the touch of our thumbs, we have become human beings with the inability to make a real social connection. Take a look at your partner, your children, or the hotel’s staff and start making a real connection.

3. Have you ever heard the sound of silence? Do you remember how quiet it is when there’s no sound at all around you? In this noisy world, quietness is a rare luxury. But you can get it for a day in Bali during Nyepi Day. The only sound that you will listen to is the sound of nature. But when nature goes to sleep, you will then find the sound of silence. It will make you cringe or it will make you find your serenity. You decide!

4. The magic of Nyepi Day comes alive in the night. With no electricity, the sky has the chance to shine its glory. It’s the best time to see the Milky Way and watch a shooting star. Say a prayer if you like or take a lot of photos if it’s easier, but makes sure you enjoy the magic of the sky.

5. Fun facts! Bali reduces its carbon emissions for as much as 20,000 tonnes and saves electricity up to 60% or approx. 290 megawatt (MW) during Nyepi Day. It also saves diesel as much as 500,000 litters due to the halt of the electric steam power plant in Pemaron and the electric gas power plant in Gilimanuk.

Last but not least, be mindful and respect the day. On Nyepi Day, we will return to zero and start again. We are all back to the clean individuals and start our journey in this world all over again aiming to become better human beings.

If you plan to spend Nyepi in Bali, make sure you book your hotel rooms and ask the hotel’s staff about the Ogoh-Ogoh parade location near your hotel. Don’t forget to fill up your fridge with some snacks and drinks, buy important medicines, etc. because you will not be allowed to go outside the hotel during Nyepi Day.

By: Malariahouse | 05 March 2019