Thursday, March 26, 2009

Stuck In Bali : Nyepi

Nyepi is a Balinese "Day of Silence" that falls on Bali's Lunar New Year (March 26, 2009). It is a day of silence, fasting, and meditation. The day following Nyepi is also celebrated as New year Gudi Padva in Maharashtra and Ugadi in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka in India.

Although Nyepi is primarily a Hindu holiday, non-Hindu residents of Bali observe the day of silence as well, out of respect for their fellow citizens. Even tourists are not exempt; although free to do as they wish inside their hotels, no one is allowed onto the beaches or streets, and the only airport in Bali remains closed for the entire day. The only exceptions granted are for emergency vehicles carrying those with life-threatening conditions and women about to give birth. - Wikipedia

I'm really stuck in Bali now. The celebration caught me unaware. I'm now having a full day in my hotel in Kuta watching cable TV and sunbathing on the pool.

There will be mandatory no lights tonight so the hotel will be blackout! In fact, the whole Bali will be without lights! This is really a real first time to me for this.

This few days in Bali was really lovely. Will blog about it more when I'm back.

Thanks for the lovely wishes.

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