Dec 28, 2016

Okera-Mairi Festival at Yasaka-jinja Shrine, Kyoto

Okera-Mairi Festival at Yasaka-jinja Shrine, Kyoto

31th December, 2016 | Yasaka-jinja Shrine, Kyoto
A traditional New Year's Eve ritual of Kyoto praying for sound health in the New Year  

Okera-Mairi is the name for the visits made to the Okera Matsuri festival from late at night on New Year's Eve to New Year's Day.

This ritual is held at Yasaka-jinja Shrine, which is designated as an important cultural property of Kyoto.

Okera refers to the medicinal herb Atractylis ovata, which is believed to cast away the evil energy of the past year, and to bless us with longevity.

At Yasaka-jinja Shrine on New Year's Eve, kagaribi watch fires are lit by setting fire to the medicinal herb's roots and toro lanterns placed in 2 different places in the shrine precincts are lit by this fire.  

# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
[Official Homepage of the Event]         


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