Hari Raya Nyepi in Indonesia in 2023

Hari Raya Nyepi in Indonesia in 2023

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2024 Indonesia Mon, Mar 11 National Holiday
2023 Mar 22, Mar 23
IndonesiaThu, Mar 23National Holiday (additional day)
IndonesiaWed, Mar 22National Holiday
2022 Indonesia Thu, Mar 3 National Holiday
2021 Indonesia Sun, Mar 14 Not A Public Holiday
2020 Indonesia Wed, Mar 25 National Holiday

Hari Raya Nyepi is the Balinese Hindu New Year. It is celebrated on the first new moon in March

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Hari Raya Nyepi in Indonesia in 2023

The government has confirmed that Thursday, March 23 2023 is a national holiday and joint leave for the Holy Day of Silence for the Saka New Year 1945. Meanwhile the Holy Day of Silence for the New Year Saka 1945 itself falls on Wednesday, March 22 2023.

As written on the joint decree (SKB) of 3 Ministers concerning National Holidays and Joint Leave in 2023, Wednesday, March 22, 2023 is designated as a national holiday commemorating the Holy Day of Silence in 2023.

Muhadjir Effendy l, The Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture (Menko PMK), stated that the government is providing one day of joint leave on March 23, 2023 after the Holy Day of Silence to accommodate all celebrations of each religion's holidays.

When is Hari Raya Nyepi?

Hari Raya Nyepi is the Balinese Hindu New Year.

It is celebrated on the first new moon in March. It is generally celebrated on the same day as the Indian festival, Ugadi.

Traditions of Hari Raya Nyepi

Several days before Nyepi, a Hindu Balinese purification ceremony and ritual called Melasti takes place. During Melasti, a parade of villagers carry all the sacred objects from their temple to a nearby ocean or lake shore. There the sacred objects are cleaned and purified with the holy water of the sea or the lake.

Celebrations for Nyepi are centred on Bali and take two forms.

Firstly according to custom, the arrival of Spring is the time of year when the Lord of Hell sends all the devils to Bali, who must then be cleared out to purify the island before the new year begins.

People then run through the streets of villages and towns, with their faces painted, making as much noise as they possibly can.

The evil spirits are driven away by the local people who make massive papier-mache effigies of the evil spirits called 'Ogoh Ogoh'. The Ogoh Ogoh are then paraded through towns and villages while people with their faces painted make as much noise as they possibly can to scare the monsters away. In the evening the effigies are ceremoniously burnt, followed by dancing, drinking feasting and generally unabashed partying.

The Day of Silence

This noisy, brash festival is then followed by Nyepi, the Balinese "Day of Silence" also known as Seclusion Day. Nyepi, marks the start of the Balinese Hindu Saka New Year and the arrival of spring. Beginning at 6 am and lasting until 6 am the following day, Nyepi is a day intended for self-reflection and anything that might disturb this is not allowed.

This means no cooking or fires, no entertainment, no travelling and no work of any kind is permitted.

On Nyepi, the usually busy streets of Bali fall silent and even though Nyepi is a Hindu festival, non-Hindu residents of Bali will also observe the day of silence out of respect for their fellow citizens. Tourists are free to do what they want inside their hotels but nobody is permitted onto the beaches or streets. The airport in Bali will also be closed for Nyepi and telecommunications companies even switch off internet services for a 24 hour period.

The day after Nyepi, is known as Ngembak Geni, and as daily routines get back to normal, this is a day to perform religious rituals and ask forgiveness for past deeds to start the new year with a clean slate.

Hari Raya Nyepi has been a national holiday in Indonesia since 1983.

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