Thursday, January 31, 2013

1 day into Setubun festival!!

The festival called "Setubun" are going to be held on 2nd and 3rd of this month, as yearly held since the first time it's began in 794 year.  
This festival was originally meant to be a celebration for the coming spring,  but now days, the meaning of this festival is not only such a celebration, but also a wish for happiness and driving away the ill luck of the year, and people believe they can actualize that by throwing beans to the demons.  You can see this festival at several shrines though, the biggest one is held at Yoshida shrine.  If you have a chance while you stay, i highly recommend you to go and experience.

今月の2日~3日にかけて吉田神社や八坂神社、平安神宮といった主要な神社で節分祭が行われます。 中でも、吉田神社で行われる節分祭は規模が大きく、夜店や豆まきだけではなく参拝者が持参した古い神札を火炉に投げ込み浄化する火炉祭も行われます。毎年3日間を通して延30万人の方が来られます。京都にお立ち寄りの際は是非足を延ばしてみてください。          


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