Nyepi or the Silent Day is one of sacred days for Hinduism adherents in Indonesia. This day is similar to New Year. However, unlike ordinary New Year Eve that celebrated with party, Nyepi is celebrated by contemplating and silence.
It’s very common in Bali where the majority of inhabitants are Hinduism followers to celebrate Nyepi in silence. Public service, except vital ones such as hospital, security and fire fighters, are closed for one day. Airport is closed, too. No flights in and out during 24 hours. People are not allowed to go travelling. Lights from electricity must be kept not to illuminate outside house or building. No TV programmes. For one day, Bali might looks like a ghost island. Start with 2019, internet in Bali will be disconnected during Nyepi Day. This sounds very interesting for tranquility seekers.
Many Tenggerese, the local indigenous people in Bromo, are Hinduism adherents. This year, they would like to observe Nyepi as others in Bali. It means Bromo will be closed for 24 hours during Nyepi. According to the official announcement by the local authority of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, Bromo will be closed from 7th of March 2019 at 5:00 AM to 8th of March 2019 at 05:00 AM. This year could be the first official day-off of sunrise tour in Bromo.
What if you’ve booked your Bromo sunrise tour in advance? Your agency should have contacted you about this matter. If you’re staying in Cemara Lawang, you could still see sunrise from the rim of Bromo massive caldera. Alternatively, you could stay a bit longer either in Malang or Banyuwangi for another tour such as visiting Ijen Crater.