Hari Raya Nyepi is a holiday celebrated in Indonesia on the first new moon in March and is a celebration of the Balinese Hindu New Year. In the days leading up to the holiday, villagers perform purification ceremonies. On the evening before, villagers make large effigies of evil spirits and parade them through the streets while making as much noise as possible. After, they burn the effigies, which is believed to drive away the evil spirits. This is followed by a large party.
The day of Nyepi is a day of silence also known as Seculsion Day. This is a day of self-reflection, and people are not allowed to engage in any activities that may distract from this. Forbidden activities include work, traveling, cooking and entertainment. The airport in Bali closes for the 24 hours of Nyepi, and internet services are shut down.
During Nyepi, tourists are not required to participate in the day of self-reflection. However, no one is allowed on the streets or beaches during this 24-hour period. 1)