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Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel, Bali to welcome annual Silence Day on 31 March 2014

March 8, 2014 Destination ASEAN No Comments Email Email

31st March marks the first day of the Balinese New year 1936 called Nyepi. According to the Hindu Belief, Nyepi is a day of complete silence without any noise, traffic, fire or lights. It is a day of stillness in the physical and spiritual words.

Nyepi is one of the most important and sacred holidays in the Balinese Hindu calendar signifying the end of the old year and the start of a new one. It is a day of reflection where noises are kept to a minimum throughout the island.571802

The night before the day of Silence, Sunday 30th March, the local communities will stage an ‘’Ogoh Ogoh’’, a cultural parade with the villagers performing as giant puppets (effigies). This is an event not to be missed!

The purpose of this parade is to frighten away and confuse the bad spirits and the negative forces of the underworld that are an intrinsic element in Balinese Hinduism. An Ogoh Ogoh is made from a wood frame with bamboo stripes intricately weaved

For the Hindus, Nyepi is a day spent in total silence, meditation, fasting and introspection, reflecting on the past year’s events. Hindus believe the law concerning Nyepi is Catur Brata Penyepian (four ascetic practices) They are Amati Geni (no fire, which is both literal and symbolic of mental and physical obstacles), Amati Karya (no activities, a precondition to meditation), Amati Lelungaan (no going out of the house or compound, and Amati Lelanguan (no entertainment).

Travellers are recommended to arrive two to three days prior to Nyepi Day to fully immerse into this holistic meditation experience.

Experience Balinese New Year festivities and local culture in the restful setting and luxurious secluded beachfront resort. We hope this Nyepi will bring you an unforgettable experience on the magical island of the Gods.

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