By contrast, on the day of Nyepi just three days later, celebrated as the Balinese New Year and renowned across the world as the infamous Day of Silence, we quieten down for a time of self-reflection, purification and reconciliation.
No activities, no entertainment, no lights, natural or manmade, are allowed during Bali’s Day of Silence. But similarly to Earth Hour, Nyepi is a time to reflect on what is important, not just for yourself but also for your community and for the whole planet.
Nyepi is about turning inwards and, while the quiet and calm persuades the evil spirits that are said to pass the island of Bali over thinking no one is living there, the quiet and calm also benefits each and every inhabitant with time to be present, be grateful, pause and start again.
Saving the Earth
By turning to natural flames from manmade light, switching off air conditioners, giving pond and pool pumps a break and extinguishing other electricity-fuelled devices for the 24 hours of Nyepi, Fivelements saved approximately 55 kWh (kilowatt hours) of electricity in 2016. And during Earth Hour we saved approximately 7.5 kWh.
Follow our example
Fivelements has long been an active supporter of both these significant days, the yin and the yang of contemplation. Join us for a powerful Earth Hour, or follow our lead in your own community, and your actions can help change our tomorrows for the better.
Learn more on www.earthhour.org.