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Insight: Nyepi, listening to nature's sound of silence

  • Anak Agung Gde Agung

    Former minister of social affairs, is CEO of several multinational and domestic corporations

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Jakarta   /   Fri, March 16, 2018   /  08:26 am
Insight: Nyepi, listening to nature's sound of silence For the Balinese, Nyepi is a day of reckoning and resolution. It is a time to recollect and make amends for past mistakes and a moment to make steadfast commitments for the future.  (JP/Budhi Button)

Those visiting Bali on Nyepi, the Day of Silence, which falls on Saturday, will enjoy a unique experience as they will see the whole island at a complete standstill without any activity. The airport is closed, streets are deserted, no shops are open and even housewives cease cooking. 

The local government also plans to cut internet connections during Nyepi. The tourist island will indeed turn eerily quiet.

For the Balinese, however, Nyepi is a day of reckoning and resolution. It is a time to recollect and make amends for past mistakes and a moment to make steadfast commitments for the future. 

In looking back, Balinese weigh whether in the past year they have fully complied with the Balinese philosophy of life, the Tri Hita Karana, which every true Balinese must adhere to. For the future, a Balinese resolves to ma...



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