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Nyepi is an important Hindu holiday in Bali one that is usually referred to as the ‘Day of Silence’. It is held at the start of the Balinese year, usually around March or April.

Nyepi is a public holiday in Indonesia and you will find most locals undertaking a day of silence, fasting and meditation.

Nyepi Public Holiday Dates in Bali 2018, What’s Open & Things to do

The silence, fasting and meditation allows the devout to engage in self-introspection. This generally means that any activity that might distract this process is not permitted.

This explains why, during the Balinese New Year celebrations, the locals will not work, travel or entertain. It is the reason why visitors in Bali during this time will encounter deserted streets, empty entertainment venues and quiet neighbourhoods.

The evening before Nyepi, you may find a parade through the streets of Bali with locals carrying large Ogoh Ogoh statue.

When planning for your holiday around this period, take note that there is very little activity outside your hotel, on the beaches and the streets. Shops will be closed and even Denpasar Airport remains closed all day. Only emergency operations for life-saving and expectant women are carried out.

It is expected that foreigners will respect the traditions of the Balinese people during Nyepi and will resume their itinerary in the subsequent days.


17 March 2018

Event Times

6am - 6am the next day


All Over Bali


No one is allowed onto the beaches or streets, and the only airport in Bali remains closed for the entire dayThe only exceptions granted are for emergency vehicles responding to life-threatening conditions and women about to give birth
Bali, Indonesia


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