One of the most significant learning point I had during my trip to Bali is Hari Nyepi.
I travelled to Bali in early March. It was just a week before Hari Nyepi, which is how I learnt about it. Locals keep talking about it to tourists and of course it’s a popular topic to share with tourists cuz it’s something unique to Bali.
Hari Nyepi is a New Year, based on one of the traditional Hindu calendars in Bali. In 2017, it falls today, on 28 March. But, unlike a typical New Year that’s celebrated with much fesitivities, Hari Nyepi is observed by switching off from the hustle-bustle of life. All lights switched off for 24hrs, even street light. All activities halt and everyone remain indoor. Nobody will be walking out in the streets. Airport in Bali too was shut down during this period. Amazing right?
I think it’s really a good practice that their community have a date for all to switch off, being zen, tuning ourselves to nature, spending time with family- simply total relaxation and peacefulness. A great opportunity for uninterrupted reflection and rejuvenation 👍
Perhaps a reminder for us to set a Hari Nyepi in our life too ☺