Nyepi Day / Balinese New Year – 7th March 2019

Nyepi is the Balinese New Year where everything literally stops which means no cars, motor bikes and the Airport is closed on the Nyepi Day. All people are not permitted to go out into the streets and there are fines for those who do not respect this rule. On This day Ashram devotees practice silence and fasting to celebrate the new year.

Ashram Munivara Nyepi (Day of Silence and Fasting)

Ashram Munivara requests guests to check into the Ashram either on the 4th or 5th March before Nyepi Day of Silence. This is required so you can best orientate yourself and prepare for silence, fasting and spiritual practice as well to understand the etiquette of the Ashram. The local Balinese devotees of the Ashram will join on 6th March after the Ogoh Ogoh parade and sleep up in the open pavilion of the inner holy sanctum area. We will start prayer together on the 6th March around 10pm till Midnight.  At Midnight silence and fasting begins.


ASHRAM MUNIVARA NYEPI DAY OF SILENCE

Ashram Munivara will have a day of silence and fasting for Nyepi. Those wishing to join must check into the ashram at the latest on the 5th March before 2pm. This is to make sure that we can discuss with you about the day of Nyepi and orientate yourself.

DAY ONE: 4th or 5th March

  • Check into the Ashram Student House
  • 5pm Yoga
  • Dinner on your own at Ojas Prana cafe and payed for on the day.

DAY TWO: 6th March (New Moon)

  • 7am Morning walking meditation (wiswa)
  • 9am breakfast
  • Preparation for Nyepi Day

Ogoh Ogoh parade: starts around 5/6pm, participants can go to Ubud town centre for the Ogoh Ogoh parade (transport is not included). The parade starts at the Ubud football field and Please Return to Ashram after the parade has finished (around 9-10pm).

  • 10/10:30pm: Late evening prayer together to begin silence and fasting
  • 12 Midnight: silence and fasting begins

DAY THREE: 7th March

Nyepi Day – Silence and Fasting

  • 5am (Sunrise) meditation and Japa
  • walking meditation
  • rest and wash
  • Karma yoga (sweeping the grounds or general cleaning)
  • 12am (Midday) prayer, meditation and japa
  • rest and was
  • Afternoon walking meditation
  • 6pm (Sunset) prayer, meditation and japa
  • 7pm meditation
  • Rest or open fast
  • Midnight meditation and japa
  • Sleep

On this evening of the Nyepi day locals and guest participants are recommended to sleep in the ashram grounds and inner sanctum of the ashram with a yoga mat, small pillow and blanket or cover of your choice. Locals will be dressed in ashram attire and sleep in their ashram attire on the floor. Sleeping bags allowed.

DAY FOUR: 8th March

  • 5am Closing Ceremony and Agni Hotra – gather together at the inner sanctum for the closing ceremony and Agni Hotra with the Guru of the Ashram. Talking and singing commences when the bell is rung.
  • Breakfast
  • Rest or check out

If you are on a fruit fast or vegetarian fast meals have to be arranged by yourself and can be taken after prayer times. The Guru will give blessings during the Day of Nyepi which could be anytime.


Day Before Nyepi and OGOH OGOH PARADE (6th March)

Ogoh Ogoh are monster like statues that are carried by the young people through the streets of Bali in a parade. The central location for the largest (and most popular) ogoh-ogoh parade in Ubud is at the soccer field on Monkey Forest Rd. Head there around 5pm to see the incredible sculptures. Each village is getting more and more competitive every year in the creation of their elaborate monsters. The ogoh-ogoh’s are usually (arrangements may change each year) paraded on the soccer field and then carried down Monkey Forest Road where they ‘compete’ against one another in a simulated fight.

Due to the ogoh ogoh parade there will not be our regular New Moon Puja. The Ashram local disciples come to the Ashram after the ogoh ogoh parade around 10pm and stay overnight to join the practice of silence, fasting, meditation and inward reflection on the silent day. Silence and fasting begins at 12 midnight.

Nyepi Day – New Years Day and day of silence and fasting (7th March)

No lights, cooking or fire, cars, motor bikes and people out in the streets starts at 5am on the Nyepi day and finishes at 5am the following morning. This day in the Ashram we practice silence, fasting and meditation. There will be a choice of fasting methods as well as considering any health issues. No talking, reading, writing or texting on phones, no social media allowed from midnight of the 6th till closing ceremony on the 8th March.

Closing Ceremony on the following morning (8th March) 

Agni Hotra (fire puja) is practiced on the following morning in the Ashram at 5am to close the Nyepi day of silences and fasting. The closing puja is lead by the Guru of the Ashram.

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