As the Christian Hymn, goes. ‘Silent Night. Holy Night. All is calm’.
And that’s about where the similarities cease when it comes to mirroring Nyepi. ‘All is bright’ certainly doesn’t apply.
For those who know Nyepi, there’s no need at all to lay out its unique cultural spiritual historical significance and meaning to you. Its philosophy in delicious action is either adored or reviled by Bule and Balinese alike. I for one must admit, I love it. Seriously love it and am a firm believer that it should be implemented planet wide. Especially in those really hung up time poor nations.
For those who don’t know about Balinese Nyepi and are maybe interested, I refer you to: https://www.bali.com/nyepi-day-of-silence.html
Simply put. Twenty Four complete hours of silence. That’s means all day all night. Just stop for a minute from your busy day if you can.
For the next 60 seconds imagine 24 hours of nothing, other than the stuff going on in the inside of your mind. Nothing moving outside, everything stopped out there. No cars running, shops open, banks operating, school or work attendance. No Mobile phones ringing, no television radio computer, no light at night pollution. No cooking other than pre prepared Nyepi fare. No trains no planes no buses, anything mechanical running.
Absolute national stoppage completely mandated.
For millions, even the thought of that is akin to waterboarding.
For millions, the action of doing it is celestial.
Whatever one part per million, do you fall into?
PS. You get to make as much noise as you want the night and day before Nyepi.
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