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Balinese Day of Silence and Self Reflection

Marking the start of Hindu Balinese “Saka” Year, Balinese honour the first day of the new year, Hari Nyepi, by reserving themselves for self-reflections in silent. All business activities are closed during the day, that includes the airport and no flights allowed to run. The usage of electricity is down on the island as the Balinese go to seclusion: no lighting fires; no working; no entertainment or pleasure; no travelling; and some Balinese even not talking to each other and fasting for the whole day.

The silence begins sunrise around 6:00 am and will go on until the next 24 hours. In light of what’s going on in the world right now, when the world seems to pause, the ritual of Hari Nyepi reminds us to reconnect with oneself, to do self-healing and self-reflection.

If you were in Bali today, you would experience the ultimate quiet and tranquil day. Wishing you a peaceful day.


  1. i was thinking of spending Hari Nyepi in bali. thought about of this since last year. but with the whole covid19 situation since the beginning of the year, i canceled all thoughts of going on a holiday.

  2. Hi Indah, this post reminds me when living in Denpasar, Bali, for 10 years. I have experienced Nyepi Day, it was calm, peaceful. I just want to clarify that hospitals are allowed to turn on the lights.

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