Nyepi Day (Silence Day) in Bali, Indonesia

By: Elite Voyages

The Balinese celebrate their new year like no other. One of the most well-known Balinese public holidays, celebrations last for six days and include parties, parades, prayers, and a whole Day of Silence, also known as Nyepi Day. Visitors to Bali at this time are encouraged to join in the festivities, especially the memorable Ogoh-Ogoh parade on the second day. However, visitors are required to respect Silence Day, the most unique day of the festivities. 

If you’re traveling to Bali in March, these insights will help you prepare to blend with the locals and truly enjoy the experience.   

The official Nyepi Day in Bali in 2025 is Saturday, March 29, 2025.  

Melasti Day 

Two days before Nyepi, on the first day of the start of a new “Caka” year, Hindus from different villages get together and walk in long colorful processions toward the coastline. It’s a wonderful parade and one of the best opportunities to capture an iconic Balinese tradition on camera. The ritual is meant to purify sacred objects that belong to several temples. At the same time, people acquire sacred water from the sea. 

Melasti Ceremony

Ogoh-ogoh Parade 

The highlights of the day before Nyepi without a doubt are the Ogoh-Ogoh parades. During sunset (between 5 pm and 6 pm) the Balinese parade the streets of their village with gigantic statues that take approximately two months to build. Ogoh-Ogohs are made of bamboo and paper and represent evil creatures. During the parade, a passionate but deafening mixture of the kulkul, claxons, Gamelan (traditional Balinese musical instrument), and drum music is played. The idea is to make as much noise as possible to scare away evil spirits. 

Parades take place all over the island, but the most famous ones can be observed in the streets of Kuta, Legian, and Seminyak. If you’re not one to enjoy a long and loud procession, then check with the reception of your hotel, as many hotels build and parade their own Ogoh-Ogoh as well. In an attempt to put an end to any evil influences in life, the statues are burned after the parade, followed by a great party when the Balinese drink and feast till late. 

Ogoh-Ogoh Parade

Nyepi Day 

The most important and sacred Hindu holiday in Bali, Nyepi Day, is also a general public holiday throughout the rest of Indonesia. Nyepi Day is part of the six days lasting Balinese New Year celebrations. As opposed to most other cultures in the world, where people often flock to the streets to celebrate the arrival of the new year with music, dance, and fireworks, in Bali the streets go empty, and the island turns all dark and quiet. That’s why Nyepi Day is also often referred to as Silence Day. 

This unique celebration happens on the third day of the Balinese New Year and falls the day after the dark moon of the spring equinox. On this day, day and night are of equal duration. The name Nyepi means “to keep silence,” and even Ngurah Rai, the international airport of Bali, closes for 24 hours. 

So, why are the Balinese spending a long day in complete silence? The reason is that they use this day to connect more deeply with God, through prayer, self-reflection, fasting, and meditation. On this day people do not work, eat, or play. Anything that could disturb the connection with God is prohibited. The complete silence is based on the four general rules of Catur Brata: no fire or light, no form of physical working, no movement or traveling, fasting, and no entertainment. 

However, there’s also another story to this unique Day of Silence in Bali: after all the exuberant celebrations of the first two days of the Balinese New Year, the island goes into hiding to protect itself from evil spirits. By observing complete silence and darkness, evil spirits will pass over and either not notice that there’s an island beneath them or believe that it’s a deserted island; either way, they will continue their journey to another place. 

Important remarks if you are on the island on this Silence Day: 

  • Many visitors to the island purposely chose this day to be in Bali to experience this unique Hindu tradition/religion that has been observed for hundreds of years.  
  • No planes will land or take off for just one day (24 hours). All traffic across Bali will be stopped. All shops are closed. No pedestrian traffic is allowed on the beach or the streets. 
  • Tourists are free to do as they wish on this day but must stay indoors and make sure that any lights cannot be seen from the outside. What it means as a guest in a hotel, you’re free to roam the hotel grounds on this day without stepping outside the hotel vicinity.  
  • Some visitors might balk at the idea of spending 24 hours of their vacation subject to restricted activity, but the meditative silence of Nyepi, the most sacred day of the year in Bali, is powerful and worth experiencing. 

About the author: 

                                                 Ricko Tindage, Director of Sales and Marketing at Elite Voyages 

Ricko Tindage is Director of Sales and Marketing at Elite Voyages. His task besides sales and marketing to the travel agent community…is also creating new tour products. 

Originally from Bali, Indonesia, Ricko has called Los Angeles home since 1981. 

His academic background was in hotel management. He has had hotel stints in Jakarta, Indonesia; Brussels, Belgium and Los Angeles. Instead of a career in the hotel industry, the tour and travel industry has shaped the majority of his professional career. 

He started in the travel industry in 1990, Ricko has always been in the hospitality industry, even his spouse was a former director of sales at a major U.S. hotel chain. Before working for Elite Voyages he served in several major U.S. tour operators namely UNIWORLD River Cruises and SITA World Tours. In between, he has developed and created small boutique-style tour operators specialized in incentive travels, honeymoons, destination weddings, luxury travels, and leasing private jets. One of these tour companies was Romance Travel Concierge, a luxury boutique outfit based in Pasadena, CA, and he was president of the company. 

                                                                       About Elite Voyages: 

Bespoke journeys are our specialty at Elite Voyages. Founded in 2019 as a luxury entity for Chinatour.com (established in 2002) our parent company, we have been strongly a believer in providing the most authentic and enriching tour experiences for our discerning travelers through the relentless commitment of our earnest and knowledgeable team before, during and after all journeys. Nothing is left to chance when every itinerary is carefully planned – selecting the best accommodation guests can enjoy, exciting connoisseurs with select culinary exploits, and amazing travelers with must-see sights and entertainment – so that every guest can always be assured of top quality and uniqueness in travel experiences. 


Traveling Off the Beaten Path: How to Stay Prepared and Protected 

By: Deanna Caffrey

Traveling to remote or less-traveled destinations can be an exhilarating adventure. These locations often offer untouched natural beauty, unique cultural experiences, and a sense of discovery that popular tourist spots can’t match. However, venturing off the beaten path comes with its own set of challenges and requires careful preparation to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. Here are some practical tips to help you stay prepared and protected while exploring these hidden gems. 

Research Local Customs and Laws 

Understanding local customs and laws is crucial when traveling to remote areas. In many cases, these regions have unique cultural practices and legal systems that differ significantly from what you may be accustomed to. Before you go, take the time to learn about the local etiquette, traditions, and legal requirements. This will not only help you avoid unintentional offenses but also enhance your overall travel experience. 

For example, in some rural communities, certain dress codes or behaviors might be expected. Respecting these customs shows your appreciation for the local culture and can foster positive interactions with the residents. Additionally, knowing the local laws, such as regulations on photography or wildlife interaction, can prevent legal troubles during your trip. 

Pack Essential Supplies 

When traveling to remote destinations, access to basic amenities and supplies may be limited. Therefore, packing the right essentials is paramount. Here’s a list of items you should consider bringing: 

  1. First Aid Kit: Include bandages, antiseptics, pain relievers, and any prescription medications you may need. In areas with limited medical facilities, having a well-stocked first aid kit can be a lifesaver. 
  1. Water Purification: Whether it’s purification tablets, a portable filter, or a UV purifier, having a reliable way to ensure safe drinking water is crucial. 
  1. Multi-Tool: A good multi-tool can be incredibly useful for a variety of tasks, from fixing gear to preparing food. 
  1. Navigation Tools: Maps, a compass, and a GPS device can help you navigate unfamiliar terrain. Don’t rely solely on your smartphone, as remote areas may lack cellular service. 
  1. Weather-Appropriate Clothing: Pack clothing that suits the climate of your destination. Layering is key for variable conditions, and don’t forget rain gear and sturdy footwear. 

Stay Connected and Informed 

Staying connected while traveling in remote areas can be challenging, but it’s essential for your safety. Consider carrying a satellite phone or a personal locator beacon (PLB). These devices can send emergency signals and provide GPS coordinates to rescue services if you find yourself in trouble. 

Additionally, inform someone you trust about your travel plans, including your itinerary and expected return date. Regular check-ins can provide peace of mind for both you and your loved ones. 

Enroll in Travel Assistance Programs 

Travel assistance programs can offer invaluable support when traveling to remote destinations. Redpoint Travel Protection is a highly recommended option that provides services such as emergency medical evacuation, travel insurance, and access to travel advisories. Enrolling in a program like Redpoint can give you added peace of mind, knowing that you have a safety net in case of unforeseen circumstances. 

Redpoint Travel Protection offers comprehensive coverage for remote areas, including medical and evacuation services. They also provide 24/7 assistance hotlines, which can be incredibly helpful for getting immediate advice and support. Before purchasing a plan, ensure it meets your specific travel needs and covers the regions you plan to visit. 

Embrace Flexibility and Patience 

Traveling off the beaten path often requires a flexible and patient mindset. Infrastructure in remote areas can be unpredictable, and plans may need to change on short notice due to weather conditions, transportation issues, or other unexpected events. Embrace the journey as part of the adventure and be prepared to adapt to new situations as they arise. 

Conclusion 

Exploring remote and less-traveled destinations can be one of the most rewarding travel experiences. By taking the time to research, pack wisely, stay connected, and enroll in travel assistance programs like Redpoint Travel Protection, you can ensure that you are well-prepared and protected. Embrace the unique challenges and opportunities that come with traveling off the beaten path, and you’ll create memories that will last a lifetime. 

Safe travels! 

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