Today in Bali we are observing Nyepi - a day of silence to welcome in the Hindu New Year. No cars, no bikes, no going out of the house, not even any flights in or out of Bali.
Legend has it that the evil gods visit Bali on Nyepi, but as there is no noise or signs of human life, the gods think it is an abandoned island and so travel on their way leaving Bali untroubled for another year.
Pecalangs (traditional Balinese security men - pronounce the 'c' as 'ch') wearing their black uniforms patrol the streets to check for security and that everyone observes Nyepi and stays indoors and that there is no traffic on the roads, in a respectful and polite manner.
Later, as it gets dark, light and noise will be kept to a minimum - candles will be lit, and TV and music will be either off or kept low.
Our day will be punctuated only with the birds, chickens and the occasional dogs bark. Our night by the geckos and the insects that they hunt.
For me, a day of serenity, contemplation and gratitude for all that I have in my life and all that is to come.
Wishing you all a happy Nyepi