Nyepi, A Day Of Silence
Balinese culture annually observes Nyepi, a Day of Silence. This silent cleanse is both physical and spiritual, where the entire island shuts down for a day of healing, inner stillness, and introspection.
Tonight, people in Bali will participate in the festive and chaotic ogoh-ogoh parade, where large demonic statues are carried through the streets to attract the attention of negative energy and bad spirits.
Directly after the festivities, and for the day of Nyepi, the lights of Bali are switched off, all transport comes to a halt, and everyone is expected to stay home and practice silence. Fasting is encouraged, as well as refraining from any activity that disturbs the peace or pollutes the environment. As a result, the usually vibrant streets of Bali are left empty, confusing the bad spirits and causing them to leave the island in search of life elsewhere.
Nyepi is based on the Balinese Hindu philosophy of Tat Twam Asi, which means "I am you, you are me" and emphasises the unity of all beings. The day of silence is meant to bring people closer to their inner selves and encourage self-reflection, as well as foster a sense of community and togetherness.
To observe the day of silence around the world, some suggestions for quiet activities include reading, meditating, practicing yoga, or taking a walk in nature. It's also an excellent opportunity to disconnect from technology and social media and connect with yourself and your loved ones.
Our team in Bali will be observing Nyepi celebrations, and we won't be posting tomorrow. We will be putting down our phones and turning off our laptops for a day of gentle introspection. We invite you to do the same if you feel called.
Our beautiful team in Australia will still be answering your inquiries and packing your orders.
Indigo Luna xx