AYANI celebrates NYEPI in Bali
Taking place 17 March, Nyepi is an important Balinese day where everything in Bali stops for 24 hours to participate in an island-wide purification ceremony
Nyepi, on 17 March 2018, is an important Balinese day where the entire island of Bali stops for 24 hours to participate in the island-wide purification ceremony.
This unique ceremony follows an age-old tradition where the island’s inhabitants go into a ritual called Catur Brata Penyepian (‘Four Nyepi Prohibitions’).
The four prohibitions are Amati Geni (no fires or lighting), Amati Karya (no working), Amati Lelungan (restricts travelling), and Amati Lelanguan (no entertainment).
“The energy radiating over the island is almost hard to describe,” AYANA Resort & Spa Bali director of PR and marketing communications Lindsay Grace Kinniburgh says.
“Being from the UK, I experienced my first Nyepi almost three years ago and without a doubt, it is an incredibly thrilling yet humbling experience.”
The hotel minimises lighting, power and noise, but opens many of their 19 restaurants and bars, pools and spa.
To celebrate Nyepi, AYANA has created a unique two-night package that combines the cultural experience with luxury.
On Nyepi Eve, guests are invited to dress in traditional clothing and participate in the resort’s Ogoh Ogoh Festival, which involves parading giant paper mache monsters around the resort, with a delicious buffet at Kampoeng Bali afterwards.
Guest can also enjoy a two-hour Aquatonic Seawater Therapy Pool treatment for two, and a stargazing picnic on Nyepi.
“There is a great sense of peace everywhere, and a notable calmness throughout the day, while come nightfall the stars light up the entire sky…it truly is the best time to be in Bali.