Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Tourists warned not to visit Bali on Friday

Both domestic and foreign tourists are reminded not to travel to Bali on Friday (March 7) when the Balinese people observe their "Nyepi" holy day or the Hindu new year of Saka 1930, a local official said.

"Those wishing to have a vacation in Bali on Friday should move it up or delay it one day as all modes of transportation there will not operate on that day," Bali Provincial Administration spokesman I Nyoman Puasa Aryana said on Wednesday.

He said all air and sea transportation from Bali to other places will not be operational for 24 hours on Friday between 6 am and 6 am on Saturday.

Four sea ports, namely Benoa (in Denpasar city), Celukan Bawang (in Buleleng), Gilimanuk (transit point between Bali and Java) and Padangbai (transit point between Bali and Lembar, West Nusa Tenggara) would be closed on Friday, he said.

All the 40 ships based at the four ports would not operate on Friday and therefore people wishing to visit Bali should not do it on that day, he added.

Bali`s Ngurah Rai international airport would also be totally shut for all flights, both domestic and foreign , he said.

Nyoman Puasa also said all land transportation vehicles in Bali would not move from their parking areas on Friday when the Balinese people would stay home to perform their "tapa brata penyepian" rituals.

On the day, Balinese Hindus will desist from doing four things, namely lit a light, move around, go anywhere and entertain themselves or others.

They do the rituals once every 420 days.

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