Saumurai Sword & Tango no Sekku (Boy's day) Part. I

posted May 8, 2016, 9:42 PM by ETSUKO Ito   [ updated May 8, 2016, 9:47 PM ]
"Tango-no Sekku (May 5th)" is a holiday in Japan as known as "Boy's day". 

Tango-no Sekku was one of Sekku days. It can be traced back to the Chinese tradition of exorcism. The word itself  means "the first horse day of the month" of lunar calendar according to the theory of Yin-Yang and the five elements or the zodiac signs.  May was considered to be a month of evil presage, once again according to the ancient Chinese thoughts. In ancient China, it is said that people tried to expel evil spirits and protect themselves from bad luck on lunar May 5th that Japanese take in this customs.

This year in Nara, there are several festivals and event held on this day.  At Kasuga Taisha Shrine, 'Kagura' - the dance dedicated to the deities of the shrine was performed in front of the main sanctuary.  There are a botanical garden which is famous for various kinds of wisterias in the shrine; where white wisteria and iris were blooming.  
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