By Ni Komang Lestari, Junior High School Grade 3, Manikaji
This year, on 21st March, 2015, Nyepi felt very gratifying and hard to be forgotten. On that special day, I could sit together with all my family when we talked and shared our experiences with each other. That day was a great day because not every day we could gather like it.
Nyepi Day is one of the Hinduism most important ceremonies. Nyepi means ‘silence’. The people in the world know it as ‘Silent Day’. On that day we must think about all that we did to welcome the Bali Hindu new year. There are four rules that we must do religiously called Catur Brata Penyepian (four prohibitions during the Nyepi Day), such as; Amati Geni (no fires or cooking), we are not allowed to use the electricity; Amati Karya (no work), we are not allowed to work as usual; Amati Lelungan (no recreation), we are not allowed to go out of our house and Amati Lelanguan (fasting / no feast), we have to do fasting.
On Nyepi Day, everything feels different. We do nothing, just stay in our house during the day and night the world is dark because we are not allowed to lit fire or switch on the lamp. Even though the situation is like that, the atmosphere is very calm. It’s only the nature sound that we heard softly. That is the time for the world to take a rest for a moment.
The next day is Ngembak Geni (light the fire). Ngembak means open, which means we open a new day in the New Year. On that day we usually do recreation or visit other family members. It is very different with the previous day because Ngembak Geni is very crowded. My family and I had recreation, talked and shared presents with each other.
This Nyepi Day is very pleasant for me. I hope I can do it again on next Nyepi day.