Thursday, March 10, 2016

Selamat Hari Raya Nyepi

Nyepi 2016 and I’m  in Bali. The thought of a full day of silence and contemplation appeals to me.  For someone that is constantly around people or connected every waking hour I envisage a day of non-connectivity and silence.   As time draws closer both my villas in Bali get booked out so I’ve ended up at my new default home, The Pan Pacific Hotel by Tanah Lot.

This changes everything as Nyepi is now going to be a partial or limited experience.  Albeit, I’m still excited and visit the local village in Beraban on Nyepi Eve to witness the Ogoh Ogoh festivities.  Ogoh Ogoh are giant puppets that are built by  village youths in order to scare away the evil spirits that harm humans.  In a nutshell, a very colourful parade of scary monsters.     The hotel fills up the night before Nyepi and when I wake I expect to be greeted by darkness, limited staff and a hushed muffle amongst house guests.  Not the case – full staff complement, kids bombing in the pool, outdoor dining with all  water features in full force – what happened to nothing motorised?.  It’s a normal resort day but with a lot more Balinese families at the breakfast buffet who have chosen to escape the mandatory enclosure imposed upon them.

So here I am, all ready to tell you that I’ve found myself on this auspicious day and am going to give up all things bad in the name of world preservation and peace.  Not so, I’ve eaten gluttonously from the breakfast troughs and  found my cliff top ocean bale to enjoy a cigarette and chat to the world on FB.

I’ll try again for a full Nyepi experience next year. Selamat Hari Raya Nyepi


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