Balinese New Year 2013
Silent day in Bali
Nyepi Day will fall on March 12, 2013 starting from 06:00 AM till 06:00 AM on March 13, 2013.
However, the celebrations start on the night of March 11, 2013 and, by contrast, that day is called ‘noisy day’ – and for good reason!
For weeks the Balinese youth have been making giant ‘Ogoh Ogoh’ out of bamboo frames covered in paper mache and then decorated to look like incredibly evil monsters called ‘Ogoh Ogoh’ (actually these pics are from last year).
Many noisy young men then parade the Ogoh Ogoh through the streets, from the palace to the football field, on bamboo poles, to the accompaniment of traditional music. The carnival atmosphere is complete with the firing of bamboo canons, the loud beating of drums and a colorful firework display in the evening.
Then, in the dark the night of March 11, the Ogoh Ogoh are carried to the cemetery, which might be in the middle of the forest, and burnt. The burning is a symbolic gesture to neutralise the evil spirits contained within the Ogoh Ogoh and it heralds in Nyepi, the Balinese New Year.
But on the same places there’s has parade of Ogoh Ogoh, Info Bali driver team could accompany for the see Ogoh Ogoh performance. After finish for the parade the team will be back and put it back to the each Village and some of this possible for the sale if interested to buy you could contact infobalidriver.com then we’ll accompany you.
Bali’s Holy Day of Nyepi is ultimately the quietest day in terms of human activity. Like New Year that follows in a lunar year sequence, this Balinese Hindu observation marks Bali’s own lunar new year based on the Saka calendar which is 77-78 years behind the Gregorian calendar.
And on the March 12′ 2013 is Nyepi Day. It is silence day when the Balinese Hindues just to concentrate themselves to purify of their soul from the evil spirits and the sins from their last year life. On this day the Balinese Hindus do 4 of prohibitions, they are:
- No light or fire: this means the Balinese will not lit the fire and turn on the light. This is signify to control of the emotion.
- No work: The Balinese will stop any activities just to keep themselves to do the doctrine of the region.
- No Travelling: The Balinese just stay at home.
- No Pleasure: There will be no recreation and pleasure.
To respect and honor this day the local government will do:
- Close all of the harbors in Bali.
- Denpasar airport will close for the flights to pick up and drop passengers at Denpasar airport.
- The flights activities will be allowed at Denpasar airport: landing and medical evacuation.
- For the transit flight crews and passengers will stay at the airport.
- No transportation is allowed, no light, so Bali will be dark.
At 06:00 PM on March 12, the lights will be dimmed. Guests are requested to respect this Nyepi day to close their room curtain to minimize the light, not to go to the beach, and not leaving the hotel or bali Villas