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The board of Bali religious leaders have already asked providers to shut down internet services for 24 hours during Nyepi on March 7. They requested this because they want the day of silence to be more peaceful.

“The purpose is the same as last year, which was to help Hindu people celebrate Nyepi peacefully and prevent any provocation from social media posts,” said the Head of Bali Hindu Dharma Parisada, Prof. Dr. I Gusti Ngurah Sudiana to in Denpasar this week.

Sudiana said that there were many provocations and bad words used on social media in the past during Nyepi, with some ending in disputes.

“Last year, Nyepi was peaceful. We hope this year it will be better (probably meaning that all providers will shut down. Ed) and Hindu people can celebrate the day in comfort,” he added.

Even though they asked the government to shut down internet for 24 hours, Sudiana said that there were exceptions for government facilities, hospitals, airport, security, etc.

Sudiana also said that his side has coordinated with internet providers on the eastern side (Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara) and the western side (Surabaya) to anticipate the issue of the internet still being on until mid-day last year.

“We thank the President, the Communications and Information Minister and the internet providers for helping us last year,” he said.

He said that the advice has been approved by the Bali Provincial Government, the Ministry of Religion, Bali KPID, and the other parties at a meeting, which was held on February 7, 2019.

He also said that Bali received an award from the USA last year because Bali could intentionally stop the internet for 24 hours, while nowhere else in the world could do that. (The source story didn’t say exactly what that award was. Ed)

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  • Wigmore

    Great idea indeed . Good luck !

  • Dave

    Its not warranted.i respect hindu religion immensely .but would be unfair to tourists/foreigners visiting bali…who rely to a large degree on the internet to communicate .organise.research etc

  • Max

    The Hindu religion ia what makes this Island of the Gods to what it is. A fantastic and tolerant place to be. If Bali will be lost to any other relegion than all this will soon be over. So thats why I fully support the Nyepi silince inclusive the 24 hours shutdown of the internet.

  • Ocean

    Neypi is a beautiful day for self reflection, great not to have to depend on internet!

  • Thomas

    It’s only one day. If you can’t do without the internet for one day then you have a bigger problem. This is a holy day, show some respect.

  • Trina

    It’s ridiculous for tourists!!!! We need to keep in touch with home!! He abide by the Hindu rules but this is just ridiculously stupid for the amount of tourists on the island….

  • Johan

    Then get out of Bali. It’s only 1 day.

    No one is forcing you to stay in Bali except yourself.

  • Jacqueline

    If you want to stay in Bali with nyepi you have to expect the 24 hours without internet reading a book is okay to sleep on time ,reflect your self in a quiet surrounding.
    Salamat raya hari nyepi.

  • W H Smith

    Let’s get this right, this is Balinese Hindu where cockfighting is part of their barbaric ceremony It is totally different from normal Hinduism.

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