Nyepi is the Balinese “Day of Silence” that is commemorated every Isakawarsa (Saka new year). Nyepi, a public holiday in Indonesia, is a day of silence, fasting and meditation for the Balinese. The day before is an afternoon/evening full of fun as the locals chase the evil spirits out of the island by parading large monsters through the street. This can be watched in Melasti, or, if you want the full experience and you have a motorbike, in Culik (20 minutes from Lipah). That night is the last opportunity to prepare for Nyepi day, as no lights, noise, or activity is allowed.
After being chased out of Bali, evil spirits will return and search the island for souls to corrupt. This is the reason people are not allowed to be seen or heard on Nyepi day. No lights, no music, no walking around the streets. The day is for meditation and contemplation, reflecting on who you are as a person and how you contribute in society. The evil spirits see there is noone left on the island, no souls to corrupt, so they fly away in search elsewhere.
There is no movement at all on Nypei except for those who have been blessed or have an emergency and are escorted by one of the blessed. The airport shuts for the entire day, no air traffic is allowed. No motorbikes or cars, no pedestrians, no internet, no radio, no television. To some tourists it sounds quite daunting, especially if it is not explained why this is occuring.
The rules are simple, you can not leave the resort, but are able to enjoy the facilities inside the walls, like the pool and the restaurant. Our restaurants will be closing early to allow our staff time for their own reflection and meditation, please check with the restaurant for exact closing times. We request that you please keep light use to a minimum and draw your curtains if you would like any lights on. If possible, please use only the reading lights or the mirror lights on this night. Please do not use the veranda light, play music, or be loud during this day. We appreciate your consideration for the Balinese people.
In Amed, we are incredibly lucky. We have unobstructed views of the sky, and with zero light pollution, you are able to see shooting stars and all of the night sky. This is a good night to play cards or catch up on downloaded shows (as there is an internet shutdown), or partake in some meditation and relfection as well.