Frequently Asked Questions about Nyepi
As a resident of Bali for the past 11 years, there's no other holiday I've ever seen like Nyepi in Bali. For 24 hours, the entire island shuts down. No cars on the road. No people on the streets. No lights, loud conversations or running machinery. No planes overhead or ships sailing into the harbor. The normally boisterous island hibernates and everyone takes a day to rest and recover.
When is Nyepi?
This year's Nyepi falls on March 28th. You'll need a place to stay from March 27-29th. March 28th, everything will be closed from 6am until March 29th 6am. Usually people will find a place to be on the evening of the 27th.
Beauty and the Beast. The contrast of evil demon statues and statuesque Balinese girls in beautiful traditional garb is incredible.
Why we love Nyepi?
What our family really enjoys about Nyepi is the intimacy and coziness of finding our center again. In many ways, Nyepi is a mandatory holiday, a 24 respite from smart-phones, laptops, WiFi and the constant stream of social media notifications. It also gives us the chance to experience Bali as a guest again and take a holiday in our own properties and neighborhoods.
Some of our staff work on the teams of villagers that create the massive puppets and then parade them down the streets. Incredible artistry!
What should I prepare for Nyepi?
Here's a fast do & don't list for Nyepi. We hope you'll find it helpful.
Perhaps the closest thing I can compare Nyepi to is American Halloween mixed with Brazilian Carnaval. Lots of street partying, lots of parades & gigantic evil looking puppets.
What is Ogoh-Ogoh?
Ogoh-Ogoh are gigantic house-sized demon dolls that Balinese villages construct and parade down the street on the evening before Nyepi. Months before Nyepi, we watch as bamboo, chicken-wire and styrofoam slowly transform into the giant dolls. It's a fun process and a lot of youngsters in the villages take part in the construction of these demon puppets. It's a bit of a spectacle. On the evening before Nyepi, all the dolls are brought out of their dens and paraded around the streets, complete with gamelan orchestras, pageant queens and raucous revelers.
The best Ogoh-Ogoh parades are typically in Ubud and Kuta. A few thousand spectators come out to see the processions.
Where is the best place to watch the Ogoh-Ogoh parades?
The best place you can watch the parades are
We hope you'll have a wonderful stay with us during Nyepi 2016 and we hope you'll enjoy this special day of Balinese culture.
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