Shut up, stay home and think

Central Station | 14 Mar 2018

Bali's annual Day of Silence is so sacred that even reaching for a smartphone to send a tweet or upload a selfie to social media causes offense. This year it will be nearly impossible to do that anyway.

The head of the Bali office of Indonesia's Ministry of Communications, Nyoman Sujaya, says all telecommunications companies have agreed to shut down the mobile internet for 24 hours during Nyepi, which begins early on Saturday.

The request for the shutdown was made earlier this month by religious and civilian leaders on the predominantly Hindu island.

On a day for reflection, Balinese stay home and stop using electricity. The airport and shops close. Beaches and streets are deserted except for patrols to make sure restrictions are observed. And a grand parade of noise demons has been staged to remind people of the need for quiet.

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