THE SILENT ESCAPE
It’s time for a total switch-off and relaxation on the quietest day of the year. Balinese ‘Nyepi’ (Silent) Day is celebrated as the New Year of Çaka calendar by all Balinese-Hindus on the entire island. After the whole year filled with the daily routines, recharge yourself in our comfy bed and in our most relaxed me-time cedar wood hot tub, and let us observe the true meaning of silence and what it could impact our mind, body, and spirit in keeping the elements quality in our lives intact.
A 2 night 3 day stay in Garden Suite
USD 365 ++
(complimentary upgrade to the next room category is subject to availability)
Daily Copper’s a la carte Breakfast for 2
Daily Afternoon Tea for 2
An hour session of Cocktail Masterclass for 2
A Complimentary Balinese Dinner Set Menu at Copper Kitchen & Bar for 2
A 15% off on F&B purchase at all Bisma Eight dining outlets
Booking period now ~ 6 March 2019
Valid for stay on 6 through 8 March 2019
Thursday, 7 March 2019
Complimentary Sessions during Silent Day*
Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga Class | 8-9 AM (1st session)
Balinese Offerings Making Class | 9.30-10.30 AM
Balinese Dancing Class | 11 AM-12 PM
Balinese Traditional Cooking Class | 12.30-1.30 PM (1st session)
Balinese Traditional Cooking Class | 2-3 PM (2nd session)
Crafty Mocktail Masterclass | 3.30-4.30 PM
Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga Class | 5-6 PM (2nd session)
*all sessions will be further confirmed when closer to date
or call +623614792888 to speak to our Reservations for more info.
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T&C: Offer is valid for direct booking only and reservations made through March 6th, 2019 for eligible stays from March 6th to 8th, 2019. A 50% deposit payment for the reservation is due at the time of booking. All offers are subject to availability at the time of reservation. Offer is not valid in conjunction with any other offer or contract. Rates do not include applicable taxes, service charges, nor surcharges, unless otherwise noted. Rates are subject to change.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Silent Day falls on 7 March 2019 and DPS Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport will be shutdown on this day, therefore all guests and travellers are encouraged to arrive on the island prior date, and depart post date after 6 AM.
Nyepi is a day to make and keep the balance of nature. It is based on the story of when King Kaniska The First 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 Dharma Yatra (the missionary tour to promote and spread Hinduism) to Indonesia and introduce the Saka year. The lead up to Nyepi day is as follows:
Melasti is meant to clean the pratima or arca or pralingga (statue), with symbols that help to concentrate the mind in order to become closer to God. The ceremony is aimed to clean all nature and its content, and also to take the Amerta (the source of eternal life) from the ocean or other water resources (e.g. lake, river, etc). Three days before Nyepi, all the effigies of the Gods from all the village temples are taken to the river in long and colourful ceremonies. There, they are bathed by the Neptune of the Balinese Lord, the God Barun, before being taken back home to their shrines.
Exactly one day before Nyepi, all villages in Bali hold a large exorcism ceremony at the main village cross road, the meeting place of demons. They usually make Ogoh Ogoh (the giant monsters or evil spirits surrounding our environment which have to be got rid of from our lives. The carnivals themselves are held all over Bali following the sunset. Bleganjur, a Balinese gamelan music accompanies the procession. Some of the giants are taken from classical Balinese folklore. All have fangs, bulging eyes and scary hair and are illuminated by torches.
The procession is usually organised by the Seka Teruna, the youth organisation of Banjar. When Ogoh-ogoh is being played by the Seka Teruna, everyone enjoys the carnival. In order to make a harmonic relation between human being and God, human and human, and human and their environments, Tawur Kesanga is performed in every level of society from the people’s house. In the eveing, the Hindus celebrating Ngerupuk and start making noises and light burning torches and set fire to the Ogoh-ogoh in order to get the Bhuta Kata, evil spirits out of our lives.
On Nyepi day itself, every street is quiet - everybody stops doing their normal daily activities. There is usually Pecalang (Balinese Wardens) who control and check for street security. Pecalang wear a black uniform and an Udeng or Destar (a Balinese traditional “hat” that is usually worn in ceremonies). The Pecalang's main task is not only to control the security of the street but also to stop any activities that would disturb Nyepi. No traffic is allowed, not only cars but also people that must stay in their own houses. Light is kept to a minimum or not at all, the radio or TV is turned down and, of course, no one goes to work. Even love-making, this ultimate activity of all leisure times, is not supposed to take place, not even attempted. The whole day is simply filled with the barking of a few dogs, the shrill of insects and is a simple long quiet day in the calendar of this otherwise hectic island. On Nyepi the world is expected to be clean and everything starts anew, with Man showing his symbolic control over himself and the “force” of the World, hence the mandatory religious control.
Ngembak is the day when Catur Berata Penyepian is over and Hindus societies usully visit and forgive each other and doing the Dharma Canthi. Dharma Canthi are activities of reading Sloka, Kekidung, Kekawin, etc. (ancient scripts containing songs and lyrics).
From the religious and philosophy point of view, Nyepi is meant to be a day of self introspection to decide on values, e.g. humanity, love, patience, kindness, etc. that should be kept forever. Balinese Hindus have many kinds of celebrations (some sacred days) but Nyepi is, perhaps the most important of the island’s religious day and the prohibitions are taken seriously, particularly in villages outside of Bali’s southern tourist belt. Hotels are exempt from Nyepi’s rigorous practices but streets outside will be closed to both pedestrians and vehicles (except for airport shuttles or emergency vehicles) and village wardens (Pecalang) will be posted to keep people off the beach. So wherever you happen to be staying on Nyepi Day in Bali, this will be a good day to spend indoors. Indeed Nyepi day has made Bali a unique island.