Nyepi is an important religious event in Bali and marks the beginning of the New Year in the Balinese Hindu calendar. For 2013, Nyepi falls on Tuesday, March 12, 2013.

On Nyepi Day, from 6am to 6am the following day, all daily activities throughout Bali will stop. Shops and offices will be closed and people are not allowed to go out into the streets, engage in entertainment activities, turn on lights or make noise which may disturb others. Ngurah Rai International Airport will be closed for Nyepi Day. No departures are permitted on March 12, 2013.

In addition, as per a new regulation of the Government of Bali, all television providers, including cable channels, will not broadcast during Nyepi Day.

What does this mean for Bali Island? Everything shuts down – the airport, businesses, and local transportation. Tourists who happen to be staying in hotels are restricted to the hotel grounds for the day (no beach).A really unique experience I must admit.The previous day all of Bali is out parting and burning down idols that represent the bad spirit.  To Balinese, Nyepi is a time for self-reflection and cleansing at the start of a New Year. As evil spirits are vanquished, the purpose of the silence is to keep fleeing spirits from being distracted by noise and possibly deciding to stick around for the New Year.

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