OMIZUTORI FESTIVAL

Japon〒630-8587 Préfecture de NaraNara, Zoshicho, 406−1 Tōdai-ji

From 01/03/2015 to 14/03/2015

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For 14 days, the monks of Todaiji temple, famous for its huge Buddha statue, confess their sins before the statue of Kannon with 11 faces being in the building Nigatsu-do and pray for world peace and prosperity of the crops . This ritual, also called the Shuni-e, since 752 is immutable. Every evening at sunset place an impressive ritual, the Otaimatsu. Monks run along the corridors of Nigatsu-do, waving huge torches above the crowd. According to custom, to receive the embers of self-protection from evil beings and events. Omizutori ceremony itself takes place on the night of March 12 to 13 (more exactly 2:00 am). The monks go in procession to fetch water from a well at the foot of the temple, not supposed to burst only once a year, then make an offering to Kannon, and the public. This water is reputed to have healing properties against diseases. They say it reaches the temple 10 days after circulation in the town of Obama in Fukui Prefecture. Moreover, on March 2 ceremony takes place in the temple of Omizuokuri Jingu-ji to watch the start of holy water. During the offering, the water was drawn is paid in two containers, one containing water from the previous year and the other water mixed with all the ceremonies since their origin there are more 1200 years!

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