Happy Seclusion Day

HAPPY NYEPI (SECLUSION) DAY AND SAKA NEW YEAR 1938

May this sacred day bring you one day of self-reflection for a better tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 9th 2016

RAHAJENG RAHANI NYEPI DAN TAHUN BARU SAKA 1938

 

Warmest Regards,

Bisma Eight Family and Copper Kitchen & Bar Crew

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Nyepi is a day to make and keep the balance of nature. It is based on the story of when King Kaniska I 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 did Dharma Yatra (the missionary tour to promote and spread Hinduism) to Indonesia and introduce the Saka year.

The lead upto Nyepi day is as follows:

  • Melasti or Mekiyis or Melis (three 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 for eternal life) from the ocean or other water resources (ie 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 have are bathed by the Neptune of the Balinese Lord, the God Baruna, 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 fantastic monsters or evil spirits or the Butha Kala made of bamboo) for carnival purposes. The Ogoh-ogoh monsters symbolize the evil spirits surrounding our environment which have to be got rid of from our lives . The carnivals themselves are held all over Bali following sunset. Bleganjur, a Balinese gamelan music accompanies the procession. Some are giants taken from classical Balinese lore. 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 evening, the Hindus celebrating Ngerupuk, start making noises and light burning torches and set fire to the Ogoh-ogoh in order to get the Bhuta Kala, evil spirits, out of our lives.

  • Nyepi
    On Nyepi day itself, every street is quiet - there are nobody doing their normal daily activities. There is usually Pecalangs (traditional Balinese security man) who controls and checks for street security. Pecalang wear a black uniform and a Udeng or Destar (a Balinese traditional "hat" that is usually used in ceremony). The Pecalangs main task is not only to control the security of the street but also to stop any activities that disturb Nyepi. No traffic is allowed, not only cars but also people, who have to 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 works. Even love making, this ultimate activity of all leisure times, is not supposed to take place, nor even attempted. The whole day is simply filled with the barking of a few dogs, the shrill of insect and is a simple long quiet day in the calendar of this otherwise hectic island. On Nyepi the world 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 usually visit to 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, eg humanity, love, patience, kindness, etc., that should kept forever. Balinese Hindus have many kind of celebrations (some sacred days) but Nyepi is, perhaps the most important of the island's religious days 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.

 

Dear Valued Guests,

Warmest Greetings from Bisma Eight,

We send this email as we need to inform you early, since you will be staying with us during the Nyepi holiday.

We are pleased to advise you that Nyepi the “Day of Silence” falls on Wednesday, 9th March 2016.

Nyepi, known as the “Day of Silence,” marks the celebration of the Balinese New Year in the Hindu Lunar calendar. A series of ceremonies, parades of great bamboo monsters, locally known as Ogoh-ogoh, take place on the Eve of Nyepi, followed by a day of total silence and seclusion. The community believes that if the island is silent and dark, the bad spirits will leave and the New Year will start in peace.

Everyone on the island is expected to observe silence on Nyepi which will fall on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, from 6am until 6am the next day. Please note that check-in and check-out will not be possible on Nyepi Day, and Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) will be totally closed. You are free to do as you wish within your hotel suite. However, you are not permitted to be outside of the hotel’s compound, lighting must be kept to a minimum. Television will not provide the full channels but we will have plenty of movies from various genres on loan. 

It is mandatory to turn off balcony lighting by 6pm and to keep curtains closed until 6am the following morning.

 

Please note that in preparation, the following operational details have been put in place:

Venue Copper Kitchen & Bar

8 March 2016 – 07:00AM–23:00PM

9 March 2016 – 07:00AM-18:00PM

10 March 2016 – OPEN AS PER NORMAL OPERATING HOURS

 

Venue The Library Cafe

8 March 2016 – 07:00AM–21:00PM

9 March 2016 – 07:00AM-18:00PM

10 March 2016 – OPEN AS PER NORMAL OPERATING HOURS

 

Venue The Pool Pavilion

8 March 2016 – 07:00AM–21:00PM

9 March 2016 – 07:00AM-18:00PM

10 March 2016 – OPEN AS PER NORMAL OPERATING HOURS

 

Venue The Fit Space

8 March 2016 – 07:00AM–21:00PM

9 March 2016 – 07:00AM-18:00PM

10 March 2016 – OPEN AS PER NORMAL OPERATING HOURS

 

In-Room Dining

8 March 2016 – OPEN 24 HOURS

9 March 2016 – OPEN 24 HOURS

10 March 2016 – OPEN 24 HOURS

 

The Hotel’s activities available to take on March 9th as follows:

  • Morning Yoga Class – 08.00-09.00AM
  • Balinese Offering Making Class – 10.00AM-11.00AM
  • Kite Making Class – 02.00PM-03.00PM
  • Afternoon Yoga Class – 04.00PM-5.00PM

We kindly invite you to respect this sacred day and observe these restrictions, anyone conducts disrespectful acts during this day there will be consequences reflected upon, and shall be sanctioned directly by the town’s authorities. Thank you for your kind attention.