Bali’s National Day of Silence

Every year, towards the end of March, the entire island of Bali in Indonesia comes to a standstill. Shops are closed, streets are deserted, and all residents lock themselves in their houses and turn off their lights. There’s no talking, no music, no entertainment. Some people even stop eating. This day is called Nyepi, “the day of silence,” where the people of Bali meditate and reflect. The rules state no fires, no electric lights, no working, no traveling, nothing. The day of silence lasts for 24 hours from 6 a.m. to 6 a.m. The following day, festivities begin with the Balinese new year, when families and friends gather to celebrate and to ask forgiveness from one another.

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

On This Day

1869 - Thousands of businessmen were financially ruined after a panic on Wall Street. The panic was caused by an attempt to corner the gold market by Jay Gould and James Fisk.

Fact of the Day

In Japan, if a working day falls between two public holidays, that working day becomes an additional holiday by law, also known as “Citizen’s Holiday.”

Nature Oddities

When jaguars eat the leaves of the yaje plant, the are affected in much the same way as domesticated cats are affected by catnip.

Food and Drink

Tater tots were invented in 1953 when Ore-Ida founders were trying to figure out what to do with leftover slivers of cut-up potatoes. The product was first offered commercially in stores in 1956.
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