All forms of activity will come to a complete standstill for 24 hours for Nyepi Day on 28th March 2017. This auspicious cultural occasion is actually Balinese New Year in accordance to an ancient calendar system. Bali will be shrouded in silence and darkness in the belief that all forces of evil will simply pass overhead if the island appears inhabited. It is a time for quiet solitude and personal reflection.
On the evening before Nyepi Day, giant monster effigies are paraded through the streets of Bali accompanied by traditional gamelan music. The objective is to create as much noise as possible to deter any evil spirits from disturbing peace on the island. Following the parade, the monsters are burnt as an act of purification to avert the accumulation of negative energy.