Bali's airport will close for 24 hours: No flights or internet during Bali's sacred Day of Silence

2019-03-06 18:00
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Bali's airport will close for 24 hours, the internet will be turned off and streets emptied as the predominantly Hindu island in Indonesia marks its New Year with an annual day of silence.

"Nyepi" begins at 6 a.m. Thursday, clearing beaches and all public spaces of people except for special patrols to ensure silence is observed. For the second year, phone companies will turn off the mobile internet on the island, home to more than 4 million people.

Balinese will stay indoors, covering windows and keeping lights off for the day of reflection that is the most sacred in Balinese Hinduism. Any tourists on the island have to stay in their hotels.

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The night before Nyepi is celebrated with noisy "ogoh-ogoh" processions of giant scary figures symbolising evil spirits.

Here are more incredible images taken during Melasti, a purification ceremony ahead of the holy day:  

Balinese attempts to stab his body with traditiona

Balinese attempts to stab his body with traditional dagger called Keris while in trance during Melasti, a purification ceremony ahead of the holy day of Nyepi on Petitenget Beach in Badung, Bali, Indonesia, 4 March, 2019. Melasti ceremony is aimed to purified sacred deities, effigies, and sacred ornaments as well as it is believed to purified the universe from any negative elements before entering the holy day of Nyepi. (Photo by Johanes Christo/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Balinese carries effigies and deities during Melas
Balinese carries effigies and deities during Melasti, a purification ceremony ahead of the holy day of Nyepi on Purnama Beach in Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia, 4 March, 2019. Melasti ceremony is aimed to purified sacred deities, effigies, and sacred ornaments as well as it is believed to purified the universe from any negative elements before entering the holy day of Nyepi. (Photo by Johanes Christo/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Balinese carries effigies and deities during Melas
Balinese woman in a trance gestures during the Melasti ritual ceremony at Batu Bolong beach in Bali, Indonesia on March 4, 2019. The Melasti ritual is held annually ahead of the Nyepi Day of Silence, a ceremony intended to cleanse and purify the souls of the Balinese Hindu participants. Nyepi is a Hindu celebration observed every new year according to the Balinese calendar. (Photo by Andrew Gal/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Balinese carries effigies and deities during Melas
Balinese Hindu carry offering as they pray during the Melasti ritual ceremony at Ulun Danu Beratan Temple in Bali, Indonesia on March 4, 2019. The Melasti ritual is held annually ahead of the Nyepi Day of Silence, a ceremony intended to cleanse and purify the souls of the Balinese Hindu participants. Nyepi is a Hindu celebration observed every new year according to the Balinese calendar. (Photo by Andrew Gal/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Balinese carries effigies and deities during Melas
Balinese Hindu kids playing before praying during the Melasti ritual ceremony at Ulun Danu Beratan Temple in Bali, Indonesia on March 4, 2019. The Melasti ritual is held annually ahead of the Nyepi Day of Silence, a ceremony intended to cleanse and purify the souls of the Balinese Hindu participants. Nyepi is a Hindu celebration observed every new year according to the Balinese calendar. (Photo by Andrew Gal/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Balinese carries effigies and deities during Melas
Balinese Hindu carry offering as they pray during the Melasti ritual ceremony at Ulun Danu Beratan Temple in Bali, Indonesia on March 4, 2019. The Melasti ritual is held annually ahead of the Nyepi Day of Silence, a ceremony intended to cleanse and purify the souls of the Balinese Hindu participants. Nyepi is a Hindu celebration observed every new year according to the Balinese calendar. (Photo by Andrew Gal/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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