Sshhh... it's Nyepi! Even as the Southeast Asian island of Bali celebrates 'Nyepi' - the first day of the new year - on March 12, life will stand still and quietude will descend on this one of its kind "Day of Silence".
Bali has over 90% Hindus! The Balinese Hindus believe that before ushering in the New Year, one should meditate for self introspection, which can be achieved by observing a fast, and maintaining silence with very little movement inside the house and none at all outside-virtually closing the gates, switching off light and fire for the day.
The local security patrols the roads and allows only emergency vehicles to pass. The airport is closed and tourists visiting Bali, too, observe this silence.
Read more about Nyepi and New Year celebrations in Bali.