Empty for 24 hours

Here are a couple of shots of the empty streets in Bali today. I did not venture out to take these, as we are not allowed out of our house. But, there are some local “pecalang” that have the job of patrolling the streets to make sure no one goes outside, and they took these photos. Its pretty amazing, and hats off to the Balinese culture for maintaining this ritual every year, despite the amount of money lost from closing down all the ports. This proves that their strong beliefs are more important to them than money. I think we should all take a look at our own priorities. I am certainly enjoying slowing down, and living in the moment. I have my family here, all forced to be together, rather than everyone doing their own thing. We are playing games, chatting, and appreciating each other.

By simply stopping for 24 hours, this island is reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 30,000 tons, and by not using electricity it is reducing the electricity consumption by 60%, saving around 290 megawatts of power. Amazing, just think if every country all around the world did this just one day a year!! Its really not that hard.IMG_0684 IMG_0686

Day before Nyepi

It’s the day before Nyepi, and everyone has been stocking up on food. It’s crazy really, it’s one day, but the way people are behaving you would think it  is at least a week. So we have our food supply, and bag of games to play, and we are ready for the day ahead. We went out this evening to the beach to see the sunset, watched the ogoh ogoh parade, and are now home, where we will stay for the next 30 hours. It’s a yearly tradition, where the whole of Bali shuts down for 24 hours, the airport and shipping ports are closed, there is no traffic on the roads. Everyone stays in their houses, quietly, with the lights off, meditating, or in our case, playing games quietly. It’s a time for reflection, and to bond as a family. I love it, and think he rest of the world could learn from this tradition.