Bali Green


Last Sunday was Nyepi Day, or the Day of Silence, in Bali.

Effectively, it’s Balinese New Year, but as opposed to most other New Years, this one is ushered in with deep silence. In fact, Nyepi means “to keep silent”- and that’s exactly what the island does…keeps silent. Shops are closed, the airport is closed, there are no cars, motorbikes, or people on the streets. Windows are covered, lights are dimmed or not turned on at all.

The idea behind this silence is that when the ogres fly over Bali, they won’t see any movement and, at night, they’ll see nothing but darkness, so won’t stop.

It’s in contrast to the day before, when as much noise as possible is made in order to scare away the evil spirits. These are symbolised by huge ogoh-ogohs – giant statues made of (usually) bamboo and paper and burnt on the day before Nyepi.

I’ve never been there for Nyepi Day itself, but have flown out the day before. It falls on the day after the dark moon of the autumn equinox (southern hemisphere).

Anyways, all of this is leading me into a post about green – this week’s #Sundaystills theme. Specifically, Bali green. I mightn’t be able to get there at the moment, but I can dream.

First up there’s the green of the rice fields. There are rice fields and then there are rice fields. These ones at Jatiluwih (pics below) are the latter. They are considered so culturally important that they’ve been nominated for UNESCO status.

Jatiluwih, loosely translated as truly (or really) beautiful (or marvellous), is located in the Central Mountains north of Tabanan and in the sights of Gunung Batukau- Bali’s second-highest mountain.

Speaking of volcanoes, here’s some more green… This pic of Gunung Agung, Bali’s highest volcano, was taken at Bali Asli – a restaurant in the eastern regency of Karangasem.

There is, however, green wherever you look…

Linking up with Terri at Second Wind Leisure for #Sundaystills

Author: Jo

Author, baker, sunrise chaser

17 thoughts

  1. Hi Jo, I think we could all take Bali’s idea of Nyepi Day and I know at the moment a day of silence would be helpful to me. Bali was the first international trip Mike and I took as a couple and it has many fond memories for me. Thanks for sharing your Bali photos for #SundayStills and also the idea of Nyepi Day. I always enjoy your posts x

  2. Wow Jo, these are all truly beautiful green shots for #SundayStills and I loved learning about the story of Nyepi Day, we could all do with one of those!

  3. Hi, Jo – Your photographs are beautiful and are a double-win. Gorgeous shots of ‘lush green’ and stunning shots of Bali as well. My feet have been very itchy to travel so I greatly appreciated the virtual tour!

  4. Gosh, Jo, what an interesting tradition in Bali. I was fascinated reading your narrative. How cool to have been there for the beginning of the holiday. Yes, I agree, those greens are lush and vibrant. I’ve never been to Asia and Bali has always held such mystery for me. Someday soon, and I appreciate your gorgeous images and tour!

  5. Lovely Bali pics Jo – we tended to be near the beach both times we visited and didn’t get into the ‘jungly’ parts much. It’s such a verdant area and the humidity certainly creates great growth and greenery!

  6. Jo, what a trip you took us on. I’ve heard so much about Bali, but never about this. What is with the first picture and all the eyes? Spooky! I love the lush green fields of rice. What a treasure. Where would we be without rice?

    1. The first picture is actually a lotus pod. This is what they look like when the flowers are spent. You cam slice them finely and deep fry as a snack with beer.

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