The Silent Escape by Bisma Eight

Time for a total switch off and relaxation on the quietest day of the year, the Bali’s celebration of the Saka New Year 1939 and The Day of Silence (Nyepi). Reboot yourself again in our most relaxed and calming suites after a whole year filled with the routine activities, and do take advantage of your exclusive access to our infinity pool.

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IDR 4.950.000 net*

2 night stay in Garden Suite from March 27 to 29 2017
(complimentary upgrade to the next room category is subject to availability)

*Booking period starts now until March 27 2017

 

Bespoke Inclusions:

Daily breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children under 12 yo

1 (one) time Refined Balinese Dinner at Copper Kitchen & Bar for 2 adults and 2 children under 12

Daily in-house activities available during The Silent Day:

Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga Class | 8-9 AM

Canang Sari (Balinese Offerings) Class | 10-11 AM

Traditional Balinese Dancing Class | 1-2 PM

Balinese Traditional Cooking Class | 2.30-3.30 PM

Crafty Mocktail Master Class | 4-5 PM

 

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 or Mekiyis or Mells (theree days before Nyepi)

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.

 

• Tawur Kesanga (the day before Nyepi)

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.

 

• Nyepi

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 Geni (the day after Nyepi)

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.