One of the most unique
festivals of Indonesia is Nyepi. Known as the Day of Silence in
English, Nyepi is held in the month of April and is an annual
event. Nyepi or the Day of Silence in Indonesia is observed to
celebrate the Balinese New Year.
It is held on the new
moon day that immediately follows the spring equinox. Nyepi is
basically the new year day as per the Sasih, the 12-month lunar
calendar of the Balinese people. This is an informal calendar,
which is followed extensively throughout the country. The festival
is basically held in the city of Bali.
Unlike other New Year celebrations, this Nyepi is celebrated
without much sound or cheer. Silence and tranquility is observed
on this day because of which it is known as the Day of Silence. On
this day the people usually stay at home.
However, most of the
major celebrations take place on the night before.
All the rituals and festivities of the celebration are meant to
expel the evil spirits and demons from the Earth and thus prevent
them from harming the New Year. The temples are crowded with
people on this day. The priests can be seen chanting hymns and
prayers to drive away the evil spirits and send them back to
heaven. These prayers are accompanied by the sound of drum beats
and the screams of the villagers.
You can also get to see people running with lighted torches on the
streets and in the field. Effigies are also burned. This is
basically done to make sure that all the evil spirits are driven
away. The next day, which is the main Nyepi day or the Day of
Silence, the entire city of Bali is shrouded in silence. People
stay in their homes and no one can comes out. You can pay visit to
the coast to see the ritual bathing of the idols of the God’s and
Nyepi or the Day of
Silence is a marvelous festival and is a symbol of the tradition
and culture of the country.
The quickest and comfortable way to get to
Bali is by air and there are flights connect to Bali from
Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok as well as all the major cities
in Indonesia. Ngurah Rai International
Airport (Indonesian: Bandar Udara Internasional Ngurah Rai) (IATA: DPS,
ICAO: WADD), also known as Denpasar International Airport or I Gusti
Ngurah Rai International Airport. It is located 13 km south of Denpasar.
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