Tomorrow on March 28, 2017, Most of the Hindus society in Indonesia especially those who lived in Bali will celebrate Nyepi. Nyepi is a Balinese word that means a day of silence. It is a day when the Hindus people are not allowed to light a fire or even an electricity (Amati Geni), not allowed to travel (Amati Lelungan), not allowed to work (Amati Karya), and are not allowed to eat (Amati Lelanguan) for the whole 24 hours starting from 6 a.m. until 6 a.m. the next day. Nyepi is also a public holiday in Indonesia and the Bali International Airport of Ngurah Rai and all sea ports that connect Bali to other islands are closed only for this particular occasion. Hotels are asked to cover their windows, all shops are closed, all! No light or candle will be lit in any Balinese home, no cars on the road, no motorbikes, no people.
There are plenty of rituals being performed by the Hindus society in Indonesia before and after Nyepi. It is a right moment for all Hindus people to reflect for what we had done in the past and how to improve it in the future. Nyepi is a day to make and keep the balance of nature. It is based on the story of when King Kaniska I of India was chosen in 78 A.D. The King was famous for his wisdom and tolerance for the Hinduism and Buddhism societies. In that age, Aji Saka did Dharma Yatra (the missionary tour to promote and spread Hinduism) to Indonesia and introduce the Saka year.
Nyepi is also celebrated here in Central Java. Although it’s a public holiday, but those rituals of not lighting up the fire and electricity, not allowed to work, not allowed to travel and not allowed to eat are only performed in Bali. However, it would be wise not to interrupt our fellow Hindus citizens in Semarang and elsewhere in Indonesia while they are celebrating Nyepi on their homes tomorrow. Please give them some time to get close with their Gods on their most sacred day in Hindus calendar. The Hindus society here in Semarang is sometimes having the ogoh-ogoh parade like the one in Bali every once in two year to welcome the Nyepi day.
To all Hindus people in Indonesia, Bersukaria Tour would like to wish you Rahajeng Rahina Nyepi. Happy Saka New Year 1939.