Nyepi, celebrated on March 9th this year, is the Hindu Day of Silence or the Hindu New Year in the Balinese Saka calendar. The largest celebrations are held in Bali as well as in Balinese Hindu communities around Indonesia.
Special ceremonies will be held on the eve of Nyepi, March 8th. The villages are cleaned, food is cooked for 2 day and the Balinese come out for the Ngrupuk parade, carrying their homemade ogoh-ogoh (statues in the form of mythological beings) on a convoy around town, making as much noise as possible to scare away the devils and finally burning them as a symbol of self-purification. You will be more than welcome to join the crowds in Ubud for the parade.
We will begin observing the traditions of Nyepi, from 1 am, March 9th, throughout the day and until the early morning of March 10th. Hindus do not leave their homes, cook or engage in any activity. Visitors are not allowed to leave their hotel and neither arrival nor departure flights at Ngurah Rai Airport are scheduled.
This day is reserved for self-reflection, fasting and mediation. Anything that might interfere with that purpose is restricted, including no lighting fires; lights must be kept low; no working; no entertainment or pleasure; no travelling; and even for some, no talking or eating.
Nyepi at Bambu Indah:
During that very special day of peace and quiet, Breakfast will be served from 7 to 10 am, lunch from 12 to 3 pm, afternoon tea from 3 to 4 pm and diner from 4 to 7 pm. You will be able to order “bungkus” (take away) from our snack menu, for some treats you could keep in your room for the evening.
In order to respect and honour our local traditions, we will not have any lights on in the common areas of Bambu Indah including the dining area of the Minang House, our black bamboo house. Lights in your room are permitted and houses have flashlights for walking around.
Board games will be at your disposal to entertain, yoga mats to meditate and books to learn more about our beautiful Island. We invite you to participate in this wonderful day to “unplug” and observe quiet contemplation and forgiveness of others.
We are thrilled to have you with us for this very special day in the Balinese tradition.
We all look forward to welcoming you.
The Bambu Indah family