Jan. 19, 2022 UPDATE
Setsubun Festival- 節分祭 -
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PeriodFebruary 2 - 4, 2022 ※Some stalls will be open, but the Yakuyoke Fukuzenzai stall will not be open. There is a possibility that more stalls will not be open in 2022. ※Prayers for the general public at Daigengu Shrine are cancelled. ※Bean tea and sweets will not be served at Kaso Shrine.
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Throwing beans for expelling out devil and taking in good fortune
Setsubun means the turning point of the season. In other words, setsubun is the last day of winter and first day of spring. People visit temples or shrines to pray for this year's health and safety and throw beans to get rid of devil. Beans have a meaning of peace, that is why beans are used for setsubun events. Setsubun events will be held at Yoshida Shrine from February 2nd to 4th. It has been continued since the 14th century and became the big festival that several hundreds or thousand people are coming from all over Japan. Good fortune beans, amulet and woody holy stick are served to people who visit to Yoshida shrine during that time. ▼Click here for Writer's Blog http://sharing-kyoto.com/Blog/b_Yoshida-shrine-setsubun-festival/
Ekijin means the god who brings disasters. This is the event for quelling Ekijin without the outbreak of his rebellion. It's necessary to face to the outside the gate in order to expel out Elijin.
Tuina-ceremony will be held at the main hall on 6pm, February 2th. Usually it is called "oniyarai" and one of the rare event because it has not changed the method since a long time ago. Hososhi (demon who bring us happiness) are walking the stage and finally pray happiness and safety life to people who visit to shrine with bow.
Yaku-duka, mould with a sacred straw rope, is appeared during the setsubun festival. Worshipers pay the beans wrapped in paper on the shrine and tough the Yaku-duka to pray this year's happiness. The paper wrapping beans has their name and age.
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