Every year people in Bali are looking forward for this Balinese biggest day called Nyepi, marking a new year of 1933 of the Saka Hindu era which began in 78 A.D (what would my great grand children do in Balinese New Year Caka 2011?!). It is a 24 hours of total silence : no light, no sound, no work, no traveling, no entertainment, nothing but meditation & fasting for the true believer of hinduism. One day before that, they call it Pengerupukan Day, a parade and festival of Ogoh Ogoh is held and this once a year festival is not to be missed if you are in Bali during the month of March! The date for Nyepi actually changes every year, following the night of the new moon whenever it occurs around March/April each year. This year Nyepi fell on March 5th, 2011.
Every year in Bali we have a ‘NYEPI DAY‘ as a Silence day, which officially starts from 6am and ends on 6am the next day. As a resident of Bali for almost 9 years now, I have experienced this ‘black out’ day for 8 times now. The Hindus/Balinese stay at home, no light, no work, some even do fasting – totally silence (and save energy too!!). Back then in the 80’s I remember only tourists buses from airport were allowed to do the guests transfer, but the policy and rule have changed. It is now a total silence & dark day for both locals and visitors.