I want to introduce me self.
My name is Gerrit Tienkamp (Nickname Peter.bkk) a Dutchmen.
Born in Eindhoven / The Netherlands.
Living for many years in Asia. (Thailand and Cambodia).
Living before in the center of the Netherlands (Rhenoy-Betuwe).
I'm the most Social Guy of the Planet.
Try to make everybody happy.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Bali to turn into 'Silence of the Land'
March 28 this year will mark the beginning of the Hindu New Year of Saka 1939. On this annual observance, known locally as as “nyepi”, the usually bustling island of Bali will grind to a peaceful halt for 24 hours.
Between the hours of 6 a.m. until the
following morning at the same time, everyone on the resort island will
stop their daily activities, refrain from using electricity and remain
in their homes.
The entire island will come to a standstill,
with no scheduled incoming or outgoing flights from the airport. The
seaport will also be closed, broadcast stations (including cable
networks) will go silent, streets will be empty of all traffic, all
shops will be closed and visitors will be confined to their hotel or
villa for the entire period.
Everyone on the island, both residents and visitors, is required to abide by the Hindu religious rules called Catur Brata Penyepian. Encouraging meditation and reflection on this day of seclusion, the rules consist of amatigeni(no open fires or flames), amatilelanguan (no pleasurable activities), amatikarya (no work or labor) and amatilelungan (no journeys).
During this day of dedication to complete silence, community law enforcement officials called pecalangmake their rounds to ensure that no persons, no light and no noise are emanating from any homes in the neighborhood.
There is a series of rituals conducted before and after the day of Nyepi, which take place in every part of the island. Below are some of the most notable of these rituals.
The first one is called melasti, a
procession that features a pilgrimage to the sea to purify each temple’s
religious paraphernalia. Usually performed three to four days before Nyepi,
this ritual event incorporates a beach component, with pilgrims from
various villages all over the island bearing temple heirlooms making
long journeys on foot toward the coast.
The second is the Bhuta Yajna ritual, which is performed one day before Nyepi, in order to vanquish negative elements and create a balance with God, mankind and nature.
On this day, Hindu adherents conduct ritual
sacrifices, with different levels of sacrifice determined by the
slaughtering of different types of animals, such as chickens, ducks and
Just before sunset, which is around 4 to 5
p.m., the ritual of Pengrupukan takes place. At this time, locals parade
the streets carrying ogoh-ogoh, giant
demonic statues made of bamboo and paper, symbolizing malevolent
spirits, while passionately playing a deafening mixture of the kulkultraditional bamboo bell and gamelan music. On the evening after the parade—which is actually the Saka New Year’s Eve, the ogoh-ogoh
are ceremoniously burned in an all-encompassing inferno. The burning
symbolizes the eradication of all evil influences in the lives of
The peak of this religious celebration is on
the third day, when people retreat from all daily activities into the
silence of their homes." .