Bali prepares to shut down for Day of Silence

Bali’s ports and international airport will close down along with shops, restaurants and other businesses across the island for the Balinese Hindu New Year on Wednesday.

Gilimanuk Port, Bali.

Gilimanuk Port, Bali. Image by fr.zil / CC BY-SA 2.0

Travelling is among four different things prohibited during Nyepi, also known as Bali’s Day of Silence, along with no working, no entertainment or pleasure, and no use of bright lights. All members of the public, including tourists, are expected to partake in Nyepi, which will see pecalang (traditional guards) patrol the streets enforcing the rules. The Parisada Hindu Dharma Indonesia, the nation’s highest authority on Hinduism, has warned that foreigners who defy the rules could face deportation.


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