This week we just go all around Bali and see photos of people observing Nyepi, the National Day of Silence.
Nyepi is the National Day of Silence celebrated on March 31st where people from all walks of life like the locals and foreigners alike, are mandatorily required by law to refrain from engaging in any activity that will come within the concept of having fun and enjoyment. It is also prohibited that people work, light candles or anything that resembles light, loitering in the streets, drinking and playing music even in the private homes, and everything else that will disrupt the meditation process. This day of Silence is for meditation and reflection for each individual to let them look back on the negative things that they have done and to reflect on them, forget them and pray that the coming year will be a better one. Transportation (even airlines) are put to a halt, except the Balinese religious police are the only ones allowed to roam around and even for non-observers of the ritual, they should respect this activity and not do activities that will disturb the others.
Airport closed for 24 hours due to Nyepi
Streets are empty
Tourists are also advised to stay indoors
No one is allowed to work . . even farmers
Observers offer flowers
At the end of Nyepi, it is hoped that people will learn to forget about the bad things, and focus on the good things and to change for the better and avoid temptations to do the evil.
Thank You to all who participated and respected the observance of this day. Until next year again! Happy Nyepi!