can somebody tell me???? i did some research about this and i found out what is silence day in bali on the 26th March!! yeahhhhhh...the date that i'll be there in bali...aiyooooo.... cemana??? i've booked our flight ticket on the 25-29 March... here are the infos about Silence Day in Bali...
The lead upto Nyepi day/Silence day is as follows:
Melasti or Mekiyis or Melis (three days before Nyepi)Melasti is meant to clean the pratima or arca or pralingga (statue), with symbols that help to concentrate the mind in order to become closer to God. The ceremony is aimed to clean all nature and its content, and also to take the Amerta (the source for eternal life) from the ocean or other water resources (ie lake, river, etc). Three days before Nyepi, all the effigies of the Gods from all the village temples are taken to the river in long and colourful ceremonies. There, they have are bathed by the Neptune of the Balinese Lord, the God Baruna, before being taken back home to their shrines.
Tawur Kesanga (the day before Nyepi)(25 March-the day we arrive)Exactly one day before Nyepi, all villages in Bali hold a large exorcism ceremony at the main village cross road, the meeting place of demons. They usually make Ogoh-ogoh (the fantastic monsters or evil spirits or the Butha Kala made of bamboo) for carnival purposes. The Ogoh-ogoh monsters symbolize the evil spirits surrounding our environment which have to be got rid of from our lives . The carnivals themselves are held all over Bali following sunset. Bleganjur, a Balinese gamelan music accompanies the procession. Some are giants taken from classical Balinese lore. All have fangs, bulging eyes and scary hair and are illuminated by torches.The procession is usually organised by the Seka Teruna, the youth organisation of Banjar. When Ogoh-ogoh is being played by the Seka Teruna, everyone enjoys the carnival. In order to make a harmonic relation between human being and God, human and human, and human and their environments, Tawur Kesanga is performed in every level of society, from the people's house. In the evening, the Hindus celebrating Ngerupuk, start making noises and light burning torches and set fire to the Ogoh-ogoh in order to get the Bhuta Kala, evil spirits, out of our lives.
Nyepi (on 26th March - our second day)
On Nyepi day itself, every street is quiet - there are nobody doing their normal daily activities. There is usually Pecalangs (traditional Balinese security man) who controls and checks for street security. Pecalang wear a black uniform and a Udeng or Destar (a Balinese traditional "hat" that is usually used in ceremony). The Pecalangs main task is not only to control the security of the street but also to stop any activities that disturb Nyepi. No traffic is allowed, not only cars but also people, who have to stay in their own houses. Light is kept to a minimum or not at all, the radio or TV is turned down and, of course, no one works. Even love making, this ultimate activity of all leisure times, is not supposed to take place, nor even attempted. The whole day is simply filled with the barking of a few dogs, the shrill of insect and is a simple long quiet day in the calendar of this otherwise hectic island. On Nyepi the world expected to be clean and everything starts anew, with Man showing his symbolic control over himself and the "force" of the World, hence the mandatory religious control.
Ngembak Geni (the day after Nyepi)(27th March)
Ngembak is the day when Catur Berata Penyepian is over and Hindus societies usually visit to forgive each other and doing the Dharma Canthi. Dharma Canthi are activities of reading Sloka, Kekidung, Kekawin, etc.(ancient scripts containing songs and lyrics).
*haaa?? so cemana?????? i don't know if we're lucky to go on that date or just unlucky?.. but i think it's good to see other people's culture.. (mcm best jek).. but i can't imagine what will happen to us on the Silence Day itself?? no electricity?? i got info from Pak Aris (supir in bali).. he suggested us to stay in good hotel on Nyepi day.. maybe good hotel will still provide electricity supply and so on.. it costs around RM200-300 pernite... wallaaa..mahal okeh!!! dah ler pegi ramai...
so i'm posting this entry to seek informations from u guys out there.. I just want to know which affordable hotels yg still ada electricity on that day of Silence tu kan... and still we can do our activities in that hotels..for example we can still swim, still go to the hotel spa, the restaurants still open for guests.. and so on lahh.... help help.. i'm panic oledy okeh!