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January 20, 2017 Resort News No Comments Email Email

While millions of people worldwide take part in Earth Hour each year, the Balinese have been achieving a much bigger feat since time began: a ‘Day of Silence’ to mark Balinese New Year, or Nyepi.

Nyepi, which falls on the 28th of March this year, is a very important date on the Balinese Hindu calendar. Nyepi involves an island-wide purification, meaning that Bali’s inhabitants go into silence for 24-hours while following an age-old ritual called the Catur Brata Penyepian, translating to ‘Four Nyepi Prohibitions’. These include no fire, no travel, no entertainment, and no noise. From 06:00 to 06:00 lights are forbidden, the airport comes to a halt, shops close, machinery and vehicle usage is banned, no work is allowed, and people across the island are forbidden to leave their homes and hotels.

Silent Day follows the belief that demons who inhabit Bali can be fooled away from the island if they believe that Bali has been abandoned, hence why it is called Silent Day – a day of playing dead.

Some visitors avoid traveling to Bali over Nyepi because of restrictions placed on movement during the 24-hours of silence, but the magic of Nyepi is so hauntingly blissful that it must be experienced at least once in a lifetime.

For tourists, the rules are slightly more relaxed, as long as you don’t leave your hotel. AYANA Resort and Spa BALI, The Villas at AYANA and RIMBA Jimbaran BALI by AYANA are one of the few destinations that can cater for guests during this important period. Although the hotel minimizes lighting and power, and keep noise to a minimum, they can still operate many facilities, including many restaurants, pools and spa.

In keeping with tradition, and embracing the magic, the resort takes part in one of the most important rituals – the ‘ogoh-ogoh’ ceremony. This involves the production of large papier mache statues of various skeletons, monsters, demons and ghouls. With the ogoh-ogoh reaching up to 2.5-meters-high, created by our Balinese-Hindu staff and guests, and is paraded through the resort grounds on Nyepi Eve. The resort also makes a special ogoh-ogoh for its young guests, who assist to carry them and actively take part in the parade.

The day after Nyepi is known as Ngembak Geni, or when commerce and transport resume, and families gather for more rituals. This is when life returns to normal, with the sound of car horns, traffic, sirens and machinery: the sounds we get used to in our day-to-day lives. Spending 24-hours without these hums resonates with tranquility, and you will feel privileged to have experienced it.

This year AYANA has created a very special 2-night Nyepi package for guests wishing to experience the enhancement of this one-of-a-kind event.

Arriving the 27th of March, on Nyepi Eve, guests are invited to participate in an Ogoh Ogoh ceremony with complimentary t-shirt, sarong and udeng ceremonial headdress for men. Afterwards, the celebrations continue with a delicious buffet feast at Kampoeng Bali accompanied with a traditional Balinese dance performance. On the 28th of March, as Silent Day commences, guests can enjoy their day relaxing by the pool or indulging in a luxury spa treatment. Included in the package is a 2-hour Aquatonic Seawater Therapy Pool Treatment. Later in the evening, when the stars are ready to govern the night sky, guests will be invited to enjoy a “star grazing & gazing” dessert style picnic on one of the resorts magnificent grassy lawns. The blanket of darkness across the entire island will help create an unforgettable twinkling masterpiece.

Breakfast on both mornings, plus 2-way airport transfer is also included. Rates start from US $243++ per room per night. For more details, click on our hotels below:


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