Bali’s silent day: No flights, internet on New Year

PTI Denpasar | Updated on March 06, 2019 Published on March 06, 2019

Balinese Hindu worshipers pray during Tawur Agung Panca Wali Krama ritual ahead of the holy day of Nyepi, which is a day of silence for self-reflection to celebrate the Balinese Hindu New Year, at Besakih temple in Karangasem, Bali Indonesia, on March 6, 2019.   -  REUTERS

Bali’s airport will close for 24 hours, the internet will be turned off and streets emptied as the island in Indonesia observes its New Year with an annual day of silence.

‘Nyepi’ begins at 6 AM on Thursday, clearing beaches and all public spaces of people except for special patrols to ensure silence is observed. For the second year, phone companies will turn off the mobile internet on the island, home to more than four million people.

Balinese will stay indoors, covering windows and keeping lights off for the day of reflection.

“A day of silence to mark Saka (Balinese calendar) New Year for us is an opportunity to restart life with a pure heart,” said Wayan Gota, a hotel manager in Kuta, one of the island’s tourist hotspots.

Published on March 06, 2019
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