When you hear the word "New Year", you can't help but think of parties, music, dancing and being with friends and family. However, the Balinese Hindu celebrates the Caka New Year in a whole different way - in silence. Nyepi (meaning "silence"), the Caka new year, will fall on the 7th of March this year, and is exclusively celebrated on the Island of the gods, Bali. For the Balinese, this is a time dedicated to self-reflection on the past year and to prepare themselves - spiritually - for a new year. On Nyepi day, one has to deny oneself from worldly things - symbolizing the 'birth' where nothing existed - this includes four essential things: not having any source of lights, not working, not traveling, and no entertainment of any sort. This is the way for Balinese to cleanse themselves from their past sins and regain balance in their lives.
Although Nyepi is primarily a Hindu holiday, non-Hindus and tourists are not exempt from the general restrictions. Some rules are to be followed during Nyepi, mainly:
- Silence - keeping the tone down. Stay indoors or within the enclosure of your accommodation. Beach areas, the streets and other public spaces are restricted during Nyepi Day.
- No source of lights allowed - if you do need a light source, it is advisable to close all drapes, ensuring the lights are not visible from outside. That being said, Nyepi is a truly unique experience and Mulia Bali invites you to see the serene side of Bali and immerse yourself in this silence at the world’s best beachfront hotel to mark the beginning of a Balinese new year. Here are a few highlights of Nyepi that you have to experience:
- The Melasti Ceremony - This pre-ceremony often takes place on the edge of the beach, to symbolize the cleansing of the world from past sin and bad karma, through the symbolic act of acquiring the Tirta Amerta or “The Water of Life”.
- Ogoh-Ogoh Carnival – A parade of giant handcrafted paper mache statues that will go around Bali. Each creation represents evil entities and the parade represents the casting out of negative energy from the island. At the end of the parade, the ogoh-ogoh statue will then be burned as a symbol of purification of evil.
- The Silence Itself – When everything is quiet, you are able to feel more comfortable and relaxed. This is the perfect time to treat yourself to "Me Time". Join our Yoga class, or book yourself a pampering spa treatment at the award-winning Mulia Spa.
- Night of Thousand Stars - With the absence of lights from the land, the sky will show its true beauty, adorning the night with thousands of stars. Enjoy the magical night with your favorite drinks at the privacy of your room balcony. TIPS: If the sky is clear, the milky way can be seen quite clearly around 3.00 AM.
- A Breath of Fresh Air – With no activities for a day, the air will feel lighter, fresher, a result of a zero-emission day. Even the sky will be clearer! Wake up the next morning feeling refreshed, reborn…
If you are traveling with children, we have prepared a variety of activities specially designed for your little ones. Learn more about it here.
For guests who are interested in experiencing this extraordinary moment in Bali for the first time, Mulia Bali offers you a limited special offer of full board package that includes daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner.