Monday, March 15, 2010


Based on the letter of the Governor of Bali dated on 29 December 2009, according to the celebration of Absolute Quiet Day or Icaka New Year 1932 in Ball on March 16 th, 2010, it is strictly prohibited to conduct the following activities :
1. No light may be lit
2. No work may be done
3. No travel may be carried out and
4. No amusement may be made

1. This holiday celebration will start from 06.00. am on March 16 th until 06.00 am on March 17 th, 2009 No TV and Radio Broadcasts Nyepi 2010
2. For Government Institutions and private sectors, whose officials will be on duty on
this day, should get them ready at their working places one day before the
3.The flight operation of Ngurah Rai Airport on that day can be explained as below.
3.1. Domestic and International Flights
A. Flights with last destination and first departure from Ngurah Rai Airport will
not be on operation.
B. Embarkation will be allowed for transit flights only, and no embarkation is
allowed for passengers with last destination to Denpasar or depart from
4. Over fly, Technical, and Emergency Landing ( including Medical Evacuation )
4.1. During the holiday celebration, it will only be allowed for Over fly, Technical
Landing and Emergency Landing ( including Medical Evacuation).
4.2. Technical Landing, aircraft's crews and passengers in particular, are obliged to
stay at the airport territory during the celebration ( 24 hours )
5. For Tour Operators in particular, who are promoting their tour-packages, could
explain the meaning and the function of � Icaka New Year 1932 to foreigners in
order to avoid misleading information about the basic philosophy of the holiday
celebration itself.
6. All entry to Bali via sea-ports will be closed during the celebration.
7. Customary dispensations issued by the traditional villages, will be given to those
carrying the sick, women giving birth to a child or to those who are in a hazardous

No TV and Radio Broadcasts Nyepi 2010

Nyepi Day is Balinese Hindu’s new year called Saka. At that time, like previous years, the majority of Balinese Hindu people will conduct four Brata penyepian (something is not allowed to do): we are advised not to light a fire (amati Gni), nor work (amati karya), nor travel (amati lelungan), and nor do any entertainment (amati lelanguan).

To respect the holy days, the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission Area of Bali officially request the radio and TV not start broadcasting on that day. So, on the day of Nyepi Bali will be the silent crowd of all kinds, so that it is conducive to the Hindu (or anyone) who want to enjoy self-contemplation and introspection.

Nyepi implementation consists of a series of ceremonies that begins with the Melasti ceremony conducted between three or four days before Nyepi. At the time of the Hindu Melasti ceremony pratima (personification power of God) and all equipment with a sincere heart, orderly to the ocean or other springs that are considered sacred to clean the pratima. The ceremony was conducted with pray together facing the sea. After the ceremony performed after the Melasti, pratima and all the equipment carried to the Central Court in Pura village to be buried.

A day before Nyepi, the Hindu ritual implement Mecaru the ceremony for harmonizing the human relationship with nature around, including the astral organism-organism called bhuta usual. The ceremony was held in the open field or cross road and environment in each home. The ceremony for the province, district per district in the mid day is done. While the ceremonies in their respective home are done in the evening (sandyakala).

After mecaru, the event followed by a torch ngrupuk namely rice and sprinkle tawur encircle the house. While for the village level and train, the village or banjar three times with a torch and musical instrument. Since 1980, the ogoh-ogoh festival the colossus was done. Ogoh-ogoh funded with contributions of money and then burned it. Burning ogoh-ogoh symbolizing to netralize the elements in the evil power of the universe.

Ogoh-ogoh actually does not have a direct relationship with the Nyepi ceremony. Sculptures made with bamboo, paper, fabric and objects that it is a simple creativity and spontaneity as the pure community sense of spark blow ngrupuk to enliven the ceremony. Because there is no connection with the Hari Raya Nyepi, the ogoh-ogoh is clear that there is not absolute in the ceremony. However, objects that may be made permanent as a complement to cheer the ceremony and adjusted so that the shape, for example, that the form of giant Bhuta Kala.

The next day, Nyepi is coming. On this day do the people do not implement the four things that have been above that. With no fires (including machinery and electrical), no travel, no work, and no enjoy the entertainment, on the day of the Hindu people do that at the same time with contemplation upawasa (fasting) and mona Brata (not talking) for 24 hours.

Last series of the Saka New Year is the day Ngembak Geni, ie, a day after Nyepi. On this day the Saka New Year begins. On that day the Hindu visiting the families and neighbors, to forgive one another.

The Bali Hotels Association (BHA) has moved to “clarify the official statement issued by the Australian Government related with the coming Balinese New Year (or Nyepi) that will be celebrated on 16 March 2010”, which is being interpreted in some quarters as a travel advisory warning.

Nyepi is not a travel blackout period, BHA says, it is simply a day when Balinese Hindus follow a ritual of silence and minimal movements.

BHA added that the website was only carrying information about the tradition.

“We suggest the press and all persons travelling to / from Bali to follow the official link at smart traveller and understand the information only informs potential travellers about a yearly Bali ritual – not about possible threats.”

Travellers do not need to reconsider their travel plans, it said, adding “We are disappointed to read that this somehow normal information has been relayed in the Australian press as a ‘Travel Warning’.”

BHA said the current situation in Bali had not changed and that security measures that have been in place for years are constantly monitored, audited and reviewed; tight and regular co-operation with police and other security and safety related agencies ensure that BHA member hotels and guests are well protected.

Security and safety standards of BHA hotels are amongst the highest on the island and served as the basis of numerous safety and security policies in Indonesia and other parts of Asia, BHA concluded.


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