This post is an interview with Arlo Rocket Curry. Age 8 1/2 on March 12, 2013.
Me: Hi Arlo, how are you?
Me: Should we tell everyone we are doing this interview in silence?
Me: hmm, well but we are… so, lets tell everyone why…
Arlo: Because it’s Nyepi….
Me: What is Nyepi and who celebrates it?
Me: EVERYONE has to be Silent on Nyepi?
Arlo: Well, yes. But as long as your quiet it’s okay. The Banjar won’t bother you.
Me: Who are the Banjar?
Arlo: They are like the police but more powerful and they are part of the Hindu temples… If you’re caught outside or you have your lights on they might throw a rock at your window or yell at you… one year we had a light on and they came to our door with swords and asked us to turn off our light but they didn’t yell at us.
Me: What are all the rules?
Arlo: For the Balinese the rules are: No fire, no talking, no electricity, no leaving your house. You are supposed to fast ( but kids only have to fast half day), be silent and meditate for 24 hours. For everyone else you need to stay inside and be very quiet but if you aren’t Hindu you don’t have to fast or meditate. Everything is shut down even the airport!
Me: What happens the night before Nyepi?
Arlo: It’s like a big Halloween party without the candy! Each village makes an Ogoh Ogoh ( paper mache Monster) and at dark they parade them through their village. Some of them are huge and really heavy and the teenage boys carry them on bamboo pads.
They are made to scare away any evil spirits. Once Nyepi starts everyone must be inside that way the evil spirits that are left will be tricked into thinking everyone is gone and they will leave the island in peace for another year.
Me: wow, that sounds super cool Arlo, what do you think of Nyepi?
Arlo: it’s cool, watch my slide show to see pictures from the night before Nyepi.
All pictures taken by Arlo Curry… for more info. on Nyepi check out a past post: 24 hours of 1,2,3 Quiet and Still… it must be Neypi