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The Indonesian island of Bali turned off the internet, closed its airport, and outlawed TV broadcasts for a 'day of silence'

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  • Bali has commenced its annual "day of silence" where its airport shuts, TV stations go silent, and people stay inside with their windows covered.
  • All four million people in Bali must observe the 24-hour Hindu reflection period of "Nypei," which began at 6:00 a.m. on Thursday (5:00 p.m. ET Wednesday.)
  • On the day, reserved for self-reflection, Bali's radio stations don't broadcast, cell companies cut off all mobile internet, and some people fast.
  • Balinese religious wardens arrest locals and tourists for violating the rules.

The Indonesian island of Bali turned off the internet and shut its airport on Thursday for an annual "day of silence."

The day — called "Nyepi" — allows people to reflect on the previous year. It started at 6:00 a.m. local time on Thursday (5:00 p.m. ET Wednesday.)

It will last a full 24 hours, and marks "Saka," New Year's Day for Hindus in Bali.

All beaches and public spaces were cleared of people for the dawn start time, and TV and radio channels stopped broadcasting and became silent.

Bali is a popular tourist destination, especially for Australians, and visitors are not exempt from the strict rules.

Tourists visiting the island must remain inside their hotels for the full 24 hours too, but they can do as they please inside.

468 flights — 261 domestic and 207 international — were either rescheduled or cancelled from and to Bali's Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport due to the festival, the Jakarta Post wrote.

Nusa Penida, BaliNusa Penida, Bali, a popular tourist destination, will be empty during Nyepi. Booking.com

Four of the major Indonesian phone companies turned off all mobile internet access on the island.