UPDATED 6:58 AM PT — Tues. March 13, 2018
Citizens in Bali will experience a WiFi blackout this weekend in honor of the Hindu Lunar New Year.
On Tuesday, Indonesia’s Ministry of Communications announced phone providers will shut off mobile internet access as part of the celebration.
Holiday traditions include a so-called ‘day of silence’ avoiding excessive behaviors like use of electronics as well as practicing mindfulness.
The request to block social media sites came from the majority Hindu island’s government, and will not effect WiFi at hospitals, banks, and other vital domains.
The celebration lasts 24-hours and will begin at 6 A.M. on Saturday, March 17.