Culture – Welcoming Nyepi in Bali

As a person who was born in this island, I am ready to welcome Nyepi for the 23 times! Am 27 y o but I spend other 4 years to live and study in Jogjakarta.

It’s a hindu’s new year celebration, where everybody can’t leave their house. We should exactly stay all day long in our house or hotel without make a noise. However, Nyepi refers to sepi (Indonesian word), which means quiet.

Even if we’re not hindus, we have to support them not to go out or make a sound while they celebrate Nyepi.
The purpose of Nyepi is to purify the soul. This holy day starts from Ogoh Ogoh parade which will be held one day before Nyepi.

Ogoh-ogoh describes a monster, evil spirit, or negativity that exist in everyone’s soul. The parade of Ogoh-ogoh explains our effort to drive away all negativity from our soul. As the result, you can say that Nyepi is like a reincarnation day, a chance to purify the soul after successfully drive out the negativity.

It has a really good meaning huh?

Tips - Travel - Nyepi in Bali
Tips – Nyepi – Ogoh Ogoh by Alfian from Pinterest

What to Do in Nyepi Day

To support the locals who celebrate Nyepi, you can do meditation, yoga, paint, or read more than one book. Just a reminder, if the previous year the internet connection from some providers could be accessed, this year you cannot access internet at all. And it’s valid for all internet providers.

So, are you celebrating Nyepi in Bali this year?

Enjoy Nyepi everyone!