Spring break has started in most schools here. Ours doesn’t have. We are feeling a bit sad that others are already going on a holiday while we are stuck in school. Good thing because today is the last day of school for us, as well. Tomorrow is Nyepi. Yey!
Nyepi is a Balinese “Day of Silence” that is commemorated every Isakawarsa (Saka new year) according to Bali’s calendar. It is a day of silence, fasting, and meditation. It is observed from 6 a.m. until 6 a.m. the next morning, Nyepi is a day reserved for self-reflection and as such, anything that might interfere with that purpose is restricted. The main restrictions are: no lighting fires (and lights must be kept low); no working; no entertainment or pleasure; no travelling; and for some, no talking or eating at all. The effect of these prohibitions is that Bali’s usually bustling streets and roads are empty, there is little or no noise from TVs and radios, and few signs of activity are seen even inside homes. The only people to be seen outdoors are the Pecalang or traditional security men who patrol the streets to ensure the prohibitions are being followed. (*Source: Wikipedia)
According to a co-teacher who previously worked in Bali, she said that they even have to cover their windows with black cloth because the Pecalang were really very strict. So, for those who plan to go to Bali, unless you plan to go on a retreat, you need to know that Nyepi is not the time to go there. You would be wasting your time and money as you would only stay in your hotel room for the entire day.
Basically everyone going on a holiday has already crossed out Bali on their list of destinations. Most of our students are going to other countries. As for me, I am also going on a trip. Yeah! This is going to be my first every holiday trip since I got here in Jakarta. We will leave early tomorrow morning for YOGYAKARTA! Yey! I’ll be seeing the renowned center of Javanese culture. Of course, I did some research on what I would be seeing there. This is the Borobudur Temple (which is very beautiful on these pictures). I know I won’t be able to capture it like this so I give credits to their rightful owners.
I wouldn’t be able to see the view on the last picture as this was taken during the Waisak Night or a day that honors the birth, life and teachings of Buddha Shakyamuni which occurs on the full moon day of the fourth lunar month (Vesakha). It will be on May for this year.
Few more minutes before school ends for this day and I’ll be packing as soon as I get home. Yes, I’m that excited.