Bali Will Shut Off Internet Saturday in Observance of Lunar New Year

OAN Newsroom
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.

FILE – In this March 25, 2017 file photo, Balinese women pray during the ritual of Melasti ahead of “Nyepi” or the Day of Silence, in Bali, Indonesia. Bali’s annual Day of Silence is so sacred that even reaching for a smartphone to send a tweet or upload a selfie to social media could cause offense. This year it will be nearly impossible to do that anyway. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati, File)

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.