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Closure Of Bali Airport Nyepi Day Of Silence March 17 to 18, 2018

For those not familiar with the Balinese Hindu New Year (Nyepi Day) it may be difficult to grasp the concept of a highly populated region 'shutting down' for a period of 24 hours. However each year as Balinese Hindu's observe this special day many already in Bali will witness locals keeping noise to a minimum by remaining indoors, not using their mobile devices & generally keeping to themselves.

Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport is no exception with the airport due to close for a full 24 hours beginning 6:00am March 17 2018, with the airport reopening 06:00am March 18 2018 when airport operations return to normal. Emergency personnel together with a small number of staff will remain on the ground to guard the infrastructure during the period - estimated to be around 370 personnel.

Observed for a full 24 hour period, Nyepi is a day reserved for self-reflection and as such anything that might interfere with that purpose is restricted. The main restrictions are no lighting fires (electrical lighting must be kept low); no working; no entertainment or pleasure; no traveling; and for some - no talking or eating at all. The effect of these prohibitions is that Bali's usually bustling streets and roads are empty, there is little or no noise from TVs and radios, and few signs of activity are seen even inside homes. The only people to be seen outdoors are the Pecalang, traditional security men who patrol the streets to ensure the prohibitions are being followed.

Although Nyepi is primarily a Hindu holiday, non-Hindu residents and tourists are not exempt from the restrictions. Although they are free to do as they wish inside their hotels, no one is allowed onto the beaches or streets and the airport in Bali remains closed for the entire day. The only exceptions granted are for emergency vehicles responding to life-threatening conditions and women about to give birth
(Source/Credit: Wikipedia

While you may have read some of the alarmist headlines around the world claiming electronic media will be blocked during the 24 hour Nyepi Holiday, the matter has been clarified to explain that under the order of Indonesia’s Ministry of Communication and Information Technology - Kominfo, mobile network providers will be blocking data access on their networks during the holiday however internet service providers (ISPs) won’t be required to switch things off. As a consequence if you have access to a broadband connection you should still have regular access to the internet on Nyepi as reported by coconuts.co