Bali

General Information 

Things you need to know

Here we shall list some general information that guests need to know, such as the dates of religious holidays and ceremonies that will take place in Bali. This information is useful so that you can either avoid that day out where you are stuck behind a procession and crowds of people and onlookers or you can use the information to attend the event. You will see that Nyepi is a different thing altogether as described below.

The following Indonesian / Bali Calendar is an extract from that shown on the Indonesian Embassy UK Website.

Indonesian / Bali Public Holidays 2015

  • Thursday, January 1, 2015 - New Year’s Day
  • Saturday, January 3, 2015   - The Birthday of the Prophet Muhammad
  • Thursday, February 19, 2015 – Chinese New Year (Imlek 2566)
  • Saturday, March 21, 2015 - "Nyepi" Bali Hindu New Year (Saka 1937) [1]
  • Friday, April 3, 2015 – Good Friday
  • Friday, May 1, 2015 – Labor Day
  • Thursday, May 14, 2015 – The Ascension of Jesus Christ
  • Saturday, May 16, 2015 - Ascension Day of the Prophet Muhammad
  • Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - Buddhist Holy Day of Waisak 2559 [2]
  • Thursday, July 16, 2015 – Shared Public Holiday
  • Friday-Saturday, July 17-18, 2015 - Lebaran – Hari Raya Idul Fitri 1436 Hijriah
  • Monday, July 20, 2015– Shared Public Holiday
  • Tuesday, July 21, 2015 – Shared Public Holiday
  • Monday, August 17, 2015 - Indonesian Independence Day
  • Thursday, September 24, 2015 - Idul Adha 1436 Hijriah
  • Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - Islamic New Year 1437 Hijriah
  • Thursday, December 24, 2015 – Shared Public Holiday
  • Friday, December 25, 2015 – Christmas Day

Guests need to understand the following about certain religious days as it will affect you a little if you are staying at Bali Sea Villas on 31st March 2014.

(1) Nyepi is a Balinese "Day of Silence" that is commemorated every Isakawarsa (Saka new year) according to the Balinese calendar (in 2014, it falls on 31st March). It is a Hindu celebration celebrated in Bali, Indonesia. Nyepi, a public holiday in Indonesia, is a day of silence, fasting and meditation for the Balinese people. The day after Nyepi is also celebrated as New Year's Day in Bali.

   Nyepi Bali Sea Villas - North Bali
Nyepi is observed from 6 am until 6 am the next morning, Nyepi is a day dedicated to self-reflection, and as such, anything that might interfere with that purpose is restricted. The main restrictions are; no lighting fires (house and garden lights must be kept low); no working; no entertainment or pleasure; no travelling; and, for some Balinese, no talking or eating at all.

The effect of these prohibitions is that Bali's usual hustle and bustling streets and roads are quite empty, there is little or no noise from TVs and radios etc., and very few signs of any activity seen, even inside homes.

The only people to be seen outdoors are the Pecalang, these people are the traditional security men that patrol the streets to ensure the prohibitions are being followed !!.
Although Nyepi is primarily a Hindu holiday, non-Hindu residents of Bali observe this day of silence as well, out of respect for their fellow citizens. Even tourists are not exempt; although free to do as they wish inside their hotels, no one is allowed onto the beaches or streets !!, The only exceptions granted are for emergency vehicles carrying those with life-threatening conditions and women about to give birth.
On the day after Nyepi, known as Ngembak Geni, social activity will pick up again as normal, families and friends gather to ask forgiveness from one another, and to perform religious rituals together.


(2) Waisak Day is a holiday observed by Buddhists in Bali, it is also a national holiday in Indonesia. The exact date of Waisak varies according to the various types of calendars. In the Gregorian calendar, it usually falls in April or May. This year, Waisak will be on 15th May 2014, the theme is to carry the spirit of self-contemplation and living in harmony.

   Bali Sea Villas - North Bali - Waisak Day

Waisak celebrates three important events that revolve around Gautama Buddha; his Birth, his Enlightenment at the age of 35 years old, and his death. 

On Waisak day, Buddhists assemble in various Buddhist temples for a ritual. The ritual comprises of collecting water from a holy spring, lighting a torch from the eternal flame, food donation for Buddhist monks and meditation under the full moon.


 

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