The Silent Escape

Time for a total switch off and relaxation on the quietest day of the year, Seclusion Day (Nyepi), as it is also celebrated as the New Year for all Balinese-Hindus in Çaka calendar.  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.

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Photo by our guest @foter

STAY

2N3D for USD 345++*
Garden Suites
Complimentary room upgrade (subject to availability)

Room Inclusions:
Daily breakfast for 2
Daily Afternoon Tea for 2
1x Balinese Dinner Set Menu at Copper Kitchen & Bar for 2
An hour session of Cocktail Masterclass for 2
15% off on food & beverage purchase at all Bisma Eight dining outlets
(Copper Kitchen & Bar, Folk Pool & Gardens, and No Más Bar)

PERIOD

Book now – March 15th 2018
Stay Period 16th – 18th March 2018


Book now using the button below or email reservations@bisma-eight.com or call us at +623614792888

IMPORTANT NOTE: Ngurah Rai (DPS) International Airport will be closed on Saturday, 17th March 2018 due to Nyepi Holiday.

*T&C: Offer is valid for direct booking only and reservations made through March 15, 2018 for eligible stays March 16-18, 2018. All offers are subject to availability at the time of reservation. Offer is not valid in conjunction with any other offer or contract or applied to existing bookings. Rates are per package, and do not include applicable taxes, service charges, nor surcharges, unless noted otherwise.

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In-house activities during Seclusion Day
(March 17th 2018)

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)


SECLUSION DAY

Saturday, 17th March 2018

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 (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 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.