Happy Silent Day 2018, New Year Saka 1940
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Balinese people believe that the New Year of Saka is the time to invoke Ida Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa (The Almighty God) to sanctify Bhuana Alit (human nature) and the Great Bhuana (the universe).
Therefore, the Balinese people were required to be obedient to these four rules;
1. Amati Geni, that is not to light up the fire.
2. Amati Karya which means no working activities.
3. Amati Lelungaan is not allowed to travel.
4. Amati Lelanguan is not allowed to enjoy any entertainment.
In a day, Balinese island would switched off their activities on Nyepi day. Majority Balinese, would automatically switched off on Nyepi nights as well. Because there can be no light, then in the house no one can turn on lights or candles. Exceptions apply to families who have babies, but that too is just a dimmer light and should be with the permission of the Banjar or local community elders.
With No exceptions, our International Airport ( I Gusti Ngurah Rai) does not serve any flights at all during Nyepi day. Only a few hospitals are still serving, because they have to stay ready with any emergency possibilities.
In addition to adhering to the four rules above, Balinese people also doing fasting during Nyepi celebration. It meant to self-control and self-introspection are also important prior to welcoming the new year.
Then what do those who do not celebrate Saka’s new year in the middle of the Nyepi ritual?
Typically, homecoming(mudik) is one option that most non-Hindu people who living in Bali. Or, if it is not possible, many hotels that offer ‘Nyepi package’ would be the other option. Some hotels, followed their package with many activities so that guests do not feel bored while they are not allowed to get out of the hotel area.
Ready to celebrate Nyepi?