Monday, August 16, 2010

farewell bonfire

Torrid temperature in excess of 35 degrees Celsius has continued for the second consecutive day. The weather report says it'll be extreme heat again tomorrow.

on the night of the 16th, we light a farewell bonfire to see our ancestors off.




In Kyoto, Gozan no Okuribi(五山の送り火) bonfires are lit on this day. Five bonfires are set alight on the mountains ringing the city. They include two "大" characters, "妙法" characters, a boat form and a shrine gate form.

I sent off my ancestors by making a bonfire this night.


the Bon dance is one of Bon events.
It is said that it started when people danced in delight along to the Buddhist chants because it rained after doing a ritual for rain.

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