If you’re in Nara (or nearby Kyoto or Osaka) in early March, check out this event! ?
Omizutori (お水取り) is an event held every year between March 1st to 14th (on the second month of the lunar calendar). It is a series of ceremonies of repentance at the Todaiji Temple in Nara. The 1,250-year-old tradition is known to be one of the oldest Buddhist recurring events. It involves lighting large numbers of torches and hanging them from the balcony that runs along all sides of the temple, creating rigorous strips of fire on the sides of the temples. People attend this ceremony to cleanse themselves of sins, and look forward to spring and a fresh start when all of the cherry blossoms emerge. It is believed that if you are showered with one of the fire sparks from the torches, it is good luck and you will be protected from evil.
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