Nyepi is a holiday that is celebrated all over Bali and it marks the day of a new Hindu year. It’s also the day where according to the Hindu religion, Yama “the master of Hell” sets free all the demons who then fly over Bali in search of humans to harm.
For weeks before Nyepi the Balinese start making huge sculptures called Ogoh Ogohs. They purposely make them look really disfigured and ugly and some are quite scary to look at. They can sometimes be the size of a large truck. Others can be the size of dolls and can be sold for gifts. They are made to be paraded and to show the demons that there are bigger and better monsters in Bali so they’ll be scared away.
On the day of Nyepi, from 6am Saturday to 6am Sunday Bali was in complete silence. No people, no cars, no lights, no sound........ Nothing. The airports and ports are closed for 24 hrs, and TV and radio taken of the air. This is so that the demons think that everyone has left Bali and there are no humans here for them to harm.
Non Hindu people including tourists still have to follow the rules and remain in their hotels and not use TV, air con, lights or cars or anything that's noisy.
Many people said that they enjoy Nyepi because it's the one day a year that they can enjoy the peaceful silence. Expats say that they enjoy it because it basically forces them to relax.
I think Nyepi is really fascinating because it’s unlike anything from Australia that I’ve ever seen before. But if you ever come to Bali during Nyepi make sure you don’t go outside or the demons may get you.