What To Do In Bali On Nyepi Day | Clozette


When we think of Bali, we immediately picture beautiful beaches, adventure-seeking tourists, and a lot of Instagrammable spots. And along with all these, we expect a lot of parties, bright lights, and fun music. But little do people know, there is Nyepi Day, the most serene day on the island.


It marks the first day of the New Year in accordance with the Balinese Saka calendar — this year it landed on 7 March — and is celebrated with 24 hours of inactivity. Yes, that means the entire island comes to a complete standstill. Hard to imagine right? The day then ends with a colourful parade where giant monster effigies are nosily paraded through the streets, a symbol of appeasing evil spirits and signifying a new beginning for Bali. 


So what is left for you to do if ever you chance upon this day of calm and quiet? Trade those swimsuits and surfboards and embrace the spirit of Nyepi Day with these alternate activities.


Make the most out of your hotel stay



Since the island is on a complete shutdown, hotels in Bali are prepped to give their guests the best stay-in experience. Ask the concierge of the best things to do around the vicinity or if they have in-house activities or spas that you can indulge in. Take the Westin Resort Nusa Dua, for example. On the eve of Nyepi Day, they're offering a traditional cuisine buffet at their in-house Ikan Restaurant and offer an exquisite menu of spa and wellness activities for the guests to enjoy during the day of the festivity itself. Those travelling with kids can also enjoy their stay-in at the Westin Kids Club where arts-and-crafts and other playthrough activities will be held.


Enjoy the preceding Melasti parades



A series of rituals lead to the Saka New Year and one of them is in the form of Melasti parades. These processions involve pilgrims carrying various ornaments from their temples to wash them with water from the sea or the river as a sign of cleansing. Paper-made statues called Ogoh-ogoh also make their way into the streets, symbolising bad spirits or demons that are to be burned at the conclusion of the Nyepi Day. If you're a culture-buff, this is something you shouldn't miss. 

Get to enjoy stargazing



Sounds and stores are not the only ones shushing down during Nyepi day as lights are also dimmed as a sign of respect to the occasion. That's why this day makes for a perfect opportunity for astro-geeks as it helps you appreciate the skies in full silence and glory. With no commercial lights filtering your vision and no vehicles contributing to air pollution, they say that the night sky in Bali is really at its most clear and stunning on this day. 


Ride a boat and take a day off from Bali



If you just can't seem to shake off that adventure bug and the observances of Nyepi day is something you did not expect, why not take a day trip to Lombok or Gili Islands? Both are popular options for tourists who don't want to be confined in their hotels for the day and almost have similar activity accommodations as Bali. 


(Cover photo from: @elitehavens)

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Is Fyre Festival 2.0 in the making?



Uh-oh! Looks like after the disastrous events of 2016's Fyre Festival, its co-founder and known rapper Ja Rule is planning another music festival. Needless to say, people are worried. After the release of its respective Netflix and Hulu documentaries and the court summons for personalities who participated in the previous event, one would think that Ja Rule would opt out of music festivals — or any large scale events for that matter — for a long time. But in an encounter with TMZ last week, Ja Rule teased plans for a Fyre Festival-esque sequel by saying "[Fyre Festival] is the most iconic festival that never was. So I have plans to create the iconic music fest but you didn’t hear it from me.” Yikes!


Kim Kardashian is coming out with a bridal beauty collection



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Your favourite Kiehl's sunscreen is getting a new texture




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Bata Heritage x Coca-Cola is coming




Bata Heritage and Coca-Cola partnered up for an amazing capsule collection and we cannot wait. Putting a fresh spin on the legendary Bata Tennis and Hotshot styles by sharing Coke's signature red and white colours, can 15 March come any quicker so that we can already spot these picks at the shelves?


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