Mōtsūji Hatsukayasai Festivalもうつうじはつかやさい
The Matarajin Festival is held at the Jōgyōdō Circumambulation Hall from January 14 to 20 to celebrate the New Year. The final night, January 20, is particularly auspicious for prayer.
Several rituals are performed, including the ancient rite of samadhi by constant walking. Additionally, a torchlit parade of worshippers of all ages makes its way to the Jōgyōdō Hall, where offerings including daikon and napa cabbage are made to pray for household safety and protection from disease and disaster.
The night ends with a performance of the Ennen no Mai longevity rites.
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