The birds are chirping, the wind is blowing, and the weather is like a dream come true.. Silence befalls Bali, but only for a day. No vehicles passing by and a deserted street, a break from the usual hectic city life. Perfect. Bali has a lot of appeals that some other places may have too, but Nyepi (or Silent Day) is truly an experience you can never have anywhere else. So, what is Nyepi? Nyepi is a day where there are no lights allowed after it gets dark outside, the airport is shut, everyone must stay inside their house all day, and there is little or no noise allowed. It’s a day of self-reflection for the Hindu Balinese. More information here and here.
I spent my first Nyepi stuck in a hotel room all day, and that was a mistake. Nyepi is more fun when you spend it in a villa or since I live here, in the house. That way you can really feel the bliss and peacefulness of Nyepi. Don’t worry though, you can still go outside but only nearby, except if it’s an emergency. Watch out for Pecalangs, the traditional security men wearing traditional clothes who patrol the streets. If they caught you going outside your house they would probably only tell you to go back inside. Other than that, I think Nyepi is an experience one must have at least once in their life. It makes you open your eyes and to really look around you, disconnected to the world outside, and just enjoy and appreciate the peaceful atmosphere.. Good for the soul.
Wearing: thrifted bag, Guess necklace, and Rotelli shoes