The first two days are filled with noisy preparation, fasting, meditation and puja (prayer, worship). And then on Nyepi Day, the entire island comes to a standstill, with all flights suspended from Denpasar (DSP) airport from 6 am for 24 hours.
No lights including candles are allowed. I didn’t ask about fridges & freezers which are modern inventions — I pray they are left on!
Everyone must stay indoors including hotel guests. No entertainment, no noise including minimum talking… and with religious folks, fasting. The effect of these prohibitions, Bali is devoid of usual bustling activities and the roads are empty.
Only traditional pecalang (security men) patrol the street to ensure prohibition is followed. No cars, ojeks (motorbike taxis) or bicycles are allowed on the road. Only ambulances responding to life-threatening emergencies and pregnant women about to give birth are allowed.
Handphones are a new gadget and are not in the rulebook and so as usual, it got abused — so WiFi is switched off for 24 hours! Help!