Take a vacation to Bali on Nyepi Day? Here the tips …
At the end of this week Hindus will celebrate Nyepi Day, precisely on March 17-18, 2018. When this holiday takes place, Hindus will do four taboos or commonly known as brata penyepian. Four of them observe the work (not working), observe the nest (not traveling), observe ‘geni’ (not light a fire), and observe the auction (not having fun). Nyepi usually starts at 6:00 a.m. and lasts 24 hours from sunrise.
One of the taboos that is so pronounced for tourists is observing the nest. Where tourists also have to follow these rules, they are not allowed to go outside the inn during Nyepi. If you keep forcing you to travel, there will be local (costumary) police or ‘pecalang’ who will oversee your activities at the time of Nyepi.
Interested in a vacation to Bali at Nyepi? We brings together some of these tips for you.
Pay attention to flight ticket reservations
When you choose to visit Bali at Nyepi, make sure you have booked your flight ticket with a departure before Nyepi, and a return ticket after Nyepi. On Nyepi Day, Angkasa Pura I as the manager of I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport usually informs the airline and travel agents to close all ticket purchases. At Nyepi, airports, ports and terminals are closed. So you should do planning well.
Do not leave the inn and do not make a fuss
There are rules that prohibit you from traveling when Nyepi, including for tourists not to leave the inn. If you are bored in a hotel room, you can enjoy hotel facilities or take a walk in the hotel environment. Like jogging, yoga classes, and swimming. Well if you just keep quiet in the room, you should not use too much volume. You can reduce the television sound so you don’t make a scene.
Only the lights of the hotel room are lit
When Nyepi, all the hotel lights outside must be turned off and there is not the slightest light coming out. Includes balcony lights, if your hotel room is equipped with a balcony. When you turn on the room lights, you should close the window using curtains as close as possible, so that the light is not exposed to the outside.
Be polite during the ceremony
There will be a series of traditional ceremonies before Nyepi is held. When you see traditional ceremonies you should behave and dress modestly. One of them is not walking in front of a group of people or stepping over offerings that have just been offered.
Ask hotel staff for help if you are sick
If your body condition decreases, you feel sick and need to consult a doctor, then immediately ask the hotel clerk for help to find an ambulance. Usually there will be an ambulance from the hospital to pick you up. Please note that only ambulance vehicles can travel during Nyepi.
Prepare food and other supplies
Because during Nyepi all shops in Bali will close, you should prepare all your needs the day before. Prepare a supply of morning food, afternoon, evening, snacks, and medicine.