Thursday, March 21, 2019

Pagan Festival Shout Out: Shunki-Korei-Sai/ Spring Festival

Shinto rite honoring ancestral spirits. [a/k/a Shunki-Sorei-Sai, Shunbun-no-Hi, Shunbun-Sai, Haru-no-Higan

Many people head back to their hometowns and spend a portion of the day tending to the graves of their ancestors. To help their ancestors make the crossing, family members visit the cemetery to pray, weed graves, wash tombstones, light incense and leave flowers.  According to tradition, food, in the form of ohagi or botamochi (sweet rice balls covered with red bean paste), is left to help nourish their ancestors journey to the next world.

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