A number of photos claiming to have been taken on Nyepi, Bali’s holy “Day of Silence” which fell on Wednesday, appear to show people defying the Balinese tradition of staying inside during the holiday.
Some of the photos had location tags of Bedugul, Baturiti, Tabanan and Denpasar.
Parisada Hindu Dharma Indonesia (PHDI) chairman of Bali Province, I Gusti Ngurah Sudiana, admitted to Tribun Bali that he could not say much about the photos and that they are being investigated by the appropriate parties. (PHDI is the country’s highest authority on Hinduism.)
“I cannot yet comment because we haven’t checked Bedugul yet. I also can’t confirm that they (the photos) were definitely taken in Bedugual during Nyepi,” Sudiana said, as quoted by Tribun.
He also requested that people hold their speculations for awhile until they can ascertain what actually happened.
And we thought the guy who cussed out Hinduism last year during Nyepi because he couldn’t watch his Arsenal match was bad.
Whether or not these photos were actually taken on Nyepi this year, it’s sad and pathetic people feel they need to take to social media to seek attention and “show off” how little one of Bali’s most beautiful traditions of peace and introspection mean to them.