Nyepi celebrations: Mobile internet turned off for Bali's New Year

From BBC - March 14, 2018

Bali has asked phone companies to turn off mobile internet to celebrate New Year, which falls locally on Saturday.

Mobile internet will be shut down to mark Nyepi, a Hindu holiday on the Indonesian island.

The island's airport will also shut for 24 hours from 06:00 on Saturday (22:00 GMT Friday).

"Many Hindu people are addicted to gadgets," Hinduism Society head Gusti Ngurah Sudiana said. "I hope during Nyepi they can be introspective."

Nyoman Sujaya, the Bali office chief of Indonesia's communications ministry, announced the plan on Tuesday but said other internet access would operate as usual.

"Wifi at hotels, public services and vital objects such as airports, hospitals, security forces and banking still can run normally," he said.

What is Nyepi?

The celebrations


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