Commercialisation of the Hindu festival of Nyepi in Bali and how Muslims should behave during it.
Nyepi, the Balinese "Day of Silence", which falls this year on March 7th, marking Bali's Lunar New Year (Tahun Baru Saka 1930), is a day meant to be reserved for quiet, very quiet, self-reflection, and anything that might spoil attempts at such reflection, such as the lighting of fires, working, entertainment, travelling in vehicles, and even for some talking, is strictly forbidden.
Many starred Bali hotels are said to have offered special Nyepi attractions, where they hope to be able to escort guests around the streets in vehicles, to take in the "atmosphere" of Nyepi.
A government spokesman, Nyoman Puasa Aryana, however says hotels have no dispensations, that only ambulances and fire engines may be allowed to operate on the day. Hotel owners should learn from past mistakes: beritabali
A few years ago a tourist vehicle got attacked by a mob during Nyepi.
A housewife in Ubud, Kadek Sri Hariyani, said she had once seen a family of tourists drive by her house on Nyepi and this was proof that hotels had commercialised the holy day, and she was upset about it. beritabali
A lot of news agencies and television stations have asked for permission to cover Nyepi. A village head in Pakraman, Denpasar, Anak Agung Arnawa, said it started two months ago, and he was deluged with requests from media companies to set up facilities in his village. beritabali
Anak Agung Arnawa said most of the companies were local, however some international agencies, such as CNN, also want to film during Nyepi. Gede Nurjaya, of the Tourism Office, says he has already rejected three such requests, one from CNN and two others from Korea and Taiwan.
We already wrote back to them and said "no".
Nyepi this year falls on a Friday, the most important day of Muslim prayer, and the roughly 5% of the population who are Muslims are being instructed by the MUI (Majelis Ulama Indonesia) to only visit a mosque that is nearby their homes, and go there on foot, and not to use the mosque's loudspeaker for the call to prayer.
Muslims have to respect Hindus observing Nyepi.