Bali has turned off social media, turned away aircrafts and closed all stores for a Day of Silence that marks New Year on the primarily Hindu island paradise.
Cell phone providers in Bali have unanimously decided prevent access to social media sites as an attempt to honor the nation’s Day of Silence with the greatest respect. Nyepi, a day intended for reflection and fasting, started at 6 am on Saturday, clearing roads and beaches for 24 hours aside from special patrols to make sure peace and quiet is observed. In 2018 the mobile internet on the island that is home to over 4 million men and women was switched off for the first time.
“Let’s rest a day, free from the internet to feel the calm of the mind,” said Gusti Ngurah Sudiana, head of the Indonesian Hinduism Society. “Many Hindu people are addicted to gadgets,” he said. “I hope during Nyepi they can be introspective.”
The holiday is meant to deliver an opportunity to meditate and pray in tranquility, with citizens covering home windows and not even flipping on the lights. Non-Hindu individuals and travelers were also impacted by the limitations and were not permitted to visit the island’s renowned beach locations or stroll on the streets.
Switching off social media will become the standard for the Day of Silence in the future. Television and radio broadcasts are likewise silenced as always. But Wi-Fi at hotels, public services and vital objects such as airports, hospitals, security forces and banking still can run normally but with minimal use such as emails.