Nyepi is the most important and sacred Hindu holiday on Baliand is a general public holiday in the rest of Indonesia
The famous ogoh-ogoh parades, where Balinese men (and boys) carry scary creatures of respectable sizes through the streets accompanied by noise and gamelan music is happening on "Nyepi Eve", in the evening.
Tourists and visitors are welcome to watch the parades, take pictures and witness this unique spectacle. Some of these ogoh-ogohs are actually burnt after the parade.
On the actual day ofNyepi (on 2017, it falls on 28 March 2017)the entire Island is "closed". Theroadsare off limit to all types of motorised vehicles and people on foot! The airportis closed. All grocery, clothes and other types ofshopsare closed. For tourists and Balinese.Restaurantsare closed. The Beach is prohibited. Basically anything other then being indoors is restricted. While indoors the inhabitants must ensure that allaudio devices are turned downto a minimum volume. As the day draws to an end and the sun sets, thecurtains need to be drawn shut, with minimum light being used in ones living quarter. If an airplane was to fly over Bali, the Island would not be seen. To ensure that all the rules are obeyed local watchmen known as Pecalang (Nyepi Police) are deployed all over the Island.
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