Radio and Television Stations to Go Silent for 24-Hours on Nyepi Day March 21, 2015
The chief of the Indonesian Broadcast Commission for Bali (KPID-Bali), Anak Agung Gede Rai Sahadewa, said he will coordinate with TV and radio broadcast stations in anticipation of Bali’s official day of silence – Nyepi Tahun Baru Saka 1937 that falls on March 21, 2015.
For a 24-hour period commencing from sunrise on March 21, 2015 - all broadcast station in Bali and national stations providing broadcast feeds to Baliare required to go silent and respect the enforced 24-hours of meditative reflection that marks the start of every Hindu New Year in Bali.
During the Nyepi Period Bali closes down for a 24-hour period. All flights to and from the island cease and streets empty as guests and hotel staff are forcibly sequestered to hotel premises.
Quoted by Metrobali.com, Sahadewa told parliamentarians on Friday, February 2, 2015, “I will coordinate and correspond with television and radio stations in order that all broadcasts in Bali stop for 24 hours on Nyepi Day.”
“On Nyepi day last year all broadcasts of radio and television stopped for 24-hours in Bali. This year the same rules will apply,” said Sahadewa.
Meanwhile, the chairman of Commission I of the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali), Ketut Tama Tenaya, explained that the cessation of all TV and radio broadcasts in Bali on Nyepi Day is done to respect the Bali-Hindu religious tenets for honoring the day of “Beratha Penyepian” – namely: “amati karya” (no work), “amati geni” (no open fires), “amati lelungan” (no journeys) and “amati lelanguan” (refrain from pleasure).
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