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Silent Days and Silent Nights

Nyepi - Baliís Day of Absolute Silence is Friday, March 23, 2012. Hereís Our Guide on What to Expect

(2/25/2012) Bali’s magical and highly spiritual day of absolute silence – Hari Raya Nyepi falls on Friday, March 23, 2012 marking the first day of the Bali Hindu New Year of Caka 1934.

Unique in all the world, Nyepi Day is preceded by a night of revelry in which elaborately adorned papier-mâché floats are carried through Bali’s street  - with images depicting all manner of daemons and well-known celebraties, carried on the shoulders of village youth who have spent the weeks leading up to the festival creating the colorful displays. As dawn approaches, the celebrants, now rid of their wild impetuosity, slip away to their respective homes for a 24-hour period of mandatory solitude and reflection from which to launch the year ahead.

Nyepi mandates a day of absolute quietude, based on the four precepts of Catur Brata:

In keeping with the strict traditions of the holy day, Bali grinds to an absolute halt for 24-hours form 6:00 a.m. on Friday, March 23 until Saturday, March 24, 2012.

The observance of the day is all pervasive and includes: