Ngembak Geni is a day of self-introspection where locals take time to contemplate on their values about tolerance love, patience and kindness.
Most of the shops will be closed on this day; however, many restaurants will remain open. Instead, you will find many shopkeepers bringing their wares to the beaches around Seminyak and selling their items at small market stalls.
Ngembak Geni, 2024 Festival Dates, Balinese Ritual Holidays
Ngembak Geni is held one day after Nyepi, a popular event and one of the most significant in Balinese culture as it celebrates the ‘Day of Silence’. After a day of reflection and self-introspection, locals will engage in daily social activities that they were prohibited from doing during Nyepi.
These social activities are complemented by carrying out a wide range of traditional rituals as a community. One of the highlights of this event is that locals will go around asking for forgiveness from each other for wrongs that may have been committed.
Some rituals undertaken include purification during Melasti, harmonisation and visiting others within the community. Visitors touring Bali during this period may not be involved directly in the rituals that accompany Ngembak Geni, as it is expected that they will respect the culture and traditions of the locals.