HARI RAYA NYEPI - DAY OF COMPLETE SILENCE
Monday, 31 March 2014
Hari Raya Nyepi is the New Year for Balinese Hindus celebrating the Caka Year of 1936. On this very auspicious occasion, many ceremonies and rituals are held throughout the Island of Bali, we have detailed below the events taking place this period and would like you to respect the local culture.
Saturday, 29 March 2014
One of the most important preparations for the coming New Year is the Purification Ceremony, known locally as “Melasti”, held on Saturday, 29th March. Offering and holy objects such as statues and “keris” line the path of the colourful procession leading to the beach for ritual cleansing. Flowers fill the beach and prayers fill the air as pilgrims cleanse themselves in the sea. You are requested to witness this ceremony with decorum, from a distance.
Sunday, 30 March 2014
The climax of ritual activity is on the eve of Nyepi, the darkest night of the new moon. During these solemn, powerful hours, priests throughout Bali will perform a Tawur agung, praying and ritually sacrificing a variety of animals to appease the demons and honor the gods is an attempt to harmonize the conflicting universal powers of good and evil.
Ogoh Ogoh (Paper Mache) Statue Burning.
Join us for a rather special Balinese event.
Help us carry our Ogoh Ogoh (paper Mache statue) around the hotel to scare away the bad spirits. We’ll provide you with a special Balinese Arak drink and a Balinese Headband and Sarong. We will end the procession on the beach and burn the Ogoh Ogoh on the Beach
Monday, 31 March 2014
The first day of the Caka New Year, also known as Hari Raya Nyepi, is a Day of Complete Silence in Bali. The whole island will be void of people on the streets (since it is mandatory for everyone to stay indoors) or on the hotel premises and there shall be no noise, no lights and no activities in whatsoever form. The whole island of Bali shall appear deserted and therefore it is believed that the evil spirits will pass over the island.
We seek your cooperation in observing the following mandatory rules issued by the Religious Department of Bali during the celebration of Hari Raya Nyepi.
- Guests are not permitted to leave the premises of the Hotel commencing 6:00 a.m. Monday, 31 March to 6:00 a.m, Tuesday, 1 April 2014. To do so is considered a criminal act.
- All guestroom night curtains are required to be fully drawn from 6:00 p.m, Monday, 31 March to 6:00 a.m, Tuesday, 1 April 2014. You are requested to keep lighting to a minimum.
- All guestroom balcony lights will be disconnected for the duration of the above-stated dates and times. Please do not attempt to re-activate the lights during these hours.
- The entire hotel’s outdoor lighting will be completely switched off following sunset on 31 March 2014 with indoor lighting (including those for outlets and public areas) kept to only a bare minimum until sunrise on Tuesday, 1 April 2014.
This means that the Hotel’s swimming pool, Sunken Bar and H2O Restaurant will also be closed from 6:30 p.m, Monday, 31 March 2014 till the following morning. Buffet Dinner will be available in the Sen5es Restaurant and Golden Lotus on the evening of the 31st of March and Gracie Kelly’s will be open as normal serving a la carte.
Tuesday, 1 April 2014
The second day of the Caka New Year, also known as “Ngembak Geni”, is a Day for Hindu people to do ”Sima Krama/Dharma Santi”, visiting and apologizing to one another. On this occasion, you may visit a market called “PASAR MAJELANGU”, which will be held along the Kuta Beach area. Please also be aware that, on this day, shops and restaurants will be open after 12.00 noon, but most of them might be closed.
Thank you for helping us respect Bali’s local culture and customs during this auspicious occasion. We look forward to celebrating “Hari Raya Nyepi” with you at Bali Dynasty Resort!
NYEPI DAY - MONDAY, 31 MARCH 2014
RESORT ACTIVITIES / POOLSIDE PROGRAMME
KIDS CLUB ACTIVITIES
09.00am Painting & Coloring
10.00am Art Workshop
11.00am Boogie board Race
01.00pm Indoor games
02.00pm Frog Hunting
03.00pm Frog Race (Kids & Adults)
04.00pm Pool Games (Tug of War)
11.00am Water Volley ball
03.00pm Frog Race (Kids & Adults)
04.30pm Pool Games (Tug of war)
05.00pm Happy Hours at the pool bars
05.00pm Cartoon Time
RESTAURANTS AND BARS
GRACIE KELLY’S IRISH PUB
Open from 11.00am till late
A La Carte Menu – Lunch and Dinner
Entertainment with the Live band from 8.00pm
Also a Pool & Darts available
Open from 7.00am – 7.00pm
Full Breakfast Buffet and Lunch Menu A La carte
SUNKEN BAR & SUNSET BAR
Sunken Bar open from 10.00am – 7.00pm
Sunset bar open from 12.00 – 7.00pm
D’ LOUNGE – Open from 11.00am to 7.00pm
Breakfast Buffet 6.00am–10.30am
International Buffet Dinner 6.00pm – 10.00pm - Rp.210,000net/adult
( Kids under 12 Years Old eat free when accompanied by full paying Adult )
Open for A La carte Lunch from 10.30am – 6.00pm
GOLDEN LOTUS RESTAURANT
Chinese Buffet Lunch with Dim-Sum 11.00am – 2.30pm – Rp. 125,000 net/adult
Chinese Buffet Dinner 6.00pm – 10.00pm – Rp. 195,000 net/Adult
( Kid under 12 Years Old eat free when accompanied by full paying Adult )
ROOM SERVICE – Open 24 Hours
Note: It is advisable to make advance table reservations for Dinner on the 31st of March 2014
For those rooms on our Nyepi Package, Inclusive dinner on 31 March is for International Buffet in Sen5es and Lunch is for Golden Lotus Chinese Buffet Lunch with Dim-Sum
The Spa facility will open from 8 am to 8 pm. Advance reservation is essential
In addition, as per a new regulation of the Government of Bali, all television providers, including cable channels, will not broadcast during Nyepi Day.
If you travel over that important day, please ensure that you are prepared for this auspicious occasion which happens once a year, only in Bali – Island of the Gods.