• Honoring the Traditions of Nyepi

    Hotels in Kuta Asked to Educate Guests on the Customs and Requirements During Nyepi – Bali’s Official Day of Silence on March 17th.

    (3/4/2018)

    Denpost reports that the acting sub-district head (camat) for Kuta, Made Widiana, has called on hotels to educate guests on the meaning and customs surrounding the celebration of the Bali Hindu New Year on Saturday, March 17, 2018.

    In recognition of the New Year “Hari Nyepi” – a mandatory day of silence and solitude will be observed from sunrise on March 17th until sunrise the following morning. During this period, all air and seaports are closed, businesses shut down and streets are emptied as local residents shutter their homes and remain quietly inside for the entire day.

    Widiana asked hotel to familiarise guests with the dictates of Catur Brata Penyiapian that require people do not travel forth from their homes, light no lamps or fires, refrain from work and other activities, and abstain from pleasurable pursuits from 6:00 am on March 17, 2018, until 6:00 am the following morning.

    Widiana’s comments were made at a Camat-level coordination meeting held on Friday, March 2, 2018. “Don’t let incidents happen that no one wants merely because tourists fail to understand the essence or Nyepi observances,” he warned. “If necessary, tourists should be asked for the hand phone numbers so they can be called back to their hotel when pengerupukan (Nyepi Eve) is ending.”

    The Kuta official said he would soon be issuing guidelines on the timing of Catur Brata Penyepian to the Council on Interfaith Harmony (FKUB).

    In order avoid any public unrest, Widiana said that when non-Hindu’s want to worship or pray during the “day of silence” they do so at a location near their home. Adding, “I hope that religious leaders will tell this to their followers,” he added.

    Hotels in Kuta, Legian and Seminyak have received special dispensation from that allows activities in hotels to operate largely as normal providing guests and staff do not venture outside the hotel’s premises.

    “I wish that village chiefs will remind hotels in their areas no to allow lighting to be seen from the outside of their hotels throughout the night of March 17th,” said Widiana.

    While the night before Nyepi will be wildly festive with ogoh-ogoh parades, the traditional street parades are forbidden on Bali’s Jasa Marga Toll Road and the Ngurah Rai Bypass in order to keep South Bali’s main traffic arteries flowing and allow arriving and departing passengers access to the Airport for the remaining flights before the airfield closes for 24 hours on the morning of March 17th.

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    Re-posted by Pande

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