Sorry for the long silence here, but I have been doing some self-reflection and travelling and right now I am in Bali, Indonesia for the next few weeks. It is absolutely wonderful here and very warm, which is what I needed.
The Nyepi Day, the silence day
On the first day of the New Year after the noisy night a silence and quiet day is performed. Nyepi derive from 'sepi' means silence. The activities in all over the Bali island is stopped for 24 hours. There are four mandatory religious prohibitions called Catur Brata Penyepian that should be followed by common Hindu people in Bali. The prohibitions include amati geni or no fire, amati karya or no work, amati lelanguan or no entertainment and pleasure, and amati lelungan or no travelling. These prohibitions help people to control their five earthy senses by mind and wisdom in order to increase the quality of life for the upcoming year. For people with higher spiritual ability or willing to have higher spiritual life are expected to perform further prohibitions include fasting by not eating or drinking, stay still by not talking, meditating by focusing the mind to the God and praying.
Ngembak Geni, a day of forgiveness.
The anti-climax of the Nyepi day is on the following day, which is called Ngembak Geni where people share happiness by visiting their relatives and friend. The new year is started by forgiving each other and forget the hate in the past year and work together to face the challenge of the New Year.
A Whole Lotta Silence,