March 7, 2008 the Hindus in Indonesia are celebrating Nyepi in solemn atmosphere. Don't bother to try to look at Indian calendars, as it's only a national holiday in Indonesia. Hindu in our country have its own version, distinct versions which are very different from Hindu in India.
Nyepi is a day of seclusion where people meditate and remain in silence to welcome the Saka New Year, a lunar year's cycle. The island of Bali especially is in peaceful silence all day long. Not only the Hindus who are in silence, because the non-Hindus also keep to themselves out of respects, even the tourists are no exception.
Days before the actual Nyepi, people do all kinds of ritual, from cleaning