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On Bali’s Day of Silence, Streets Deserted, Airport Closed

Indonesia’s normally bustling Bali has shut down social media, turned away flights and shuttered all shops for a Day of Silence that marks the new year on the predominantly Hindu island. “Nyepi” began at 6 a.m. Saturday, emptying streets and beaches for 24 hours except for special patrols to ensure silence is observed. This year for the first time, phone companies have agreed to turn off the mobile internet on the island that’s home to more than 4 million people. Aside from no...

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