17.03.2018: No mobile internet on Bali and airport closed

Due to the Hindu holiday Nyepi (“Day of Silence”), the airport in Denpasar will be closed on Saturday from six o’clock in the morning. Affected are at least 482 flights, including 244 domestic and 238 international.

DENPASAR (dpa) – Chatting with friends, sharing selfies or streaming music on the go – all this will not happen on Saturday on the holiday island of Bali. Mobile operators on the Indonesian island have agreed to shut down all of Bali’s mobile Internet in Bali during Nyepi’s Balinese New Year, according to I Nyoman Sujaya, head of Bali’s Information Bureau.

Nyepi is a n important feast in Hinduism in Bali and is also called the “day of silence”: Hindu devotees do not leave their homes, fast, be silent and do not use light. Public life on the island comes to a standstill. Also, tourists are expected to comply with the curfew.

The Internet shutdown goes back to an initiative of the Indonesian Hindu Society PHDI. She had already requested to shut down the internet at Nyepi last year – also so that tourists do not take selfies on the holy day, local media reported. Now the authorities agreed to this for the first time. Most Indonesians are Muslims, but Bali is largely Hindu.

Bali will not be completely offline that day. In some hotels wireless hotspots should continue to work. Also in the public service, hospitals, the security authorities and in the financial system the Internet is not disconnected.