Summer Purification (夏越しの祓)

The annual ceremony of the Great Purification at the palace and shrines to remove committed sins and stains.
Nagoshi-no Oharae (夏越しの大祓  / great purification ceremony) held on the 30th of June and Toshikoshi-no harae (年越の祓 / Annual Shinto ritual of purification) held on the 31st of December, respectively.

Oharae is an ancient Shinto purification ritual in which one-hundred court officials (including imperial princes) gathered in front of the Suzaku-mon Gate on the last day of the sixth and twelfth months of the year to cleanse people of their sins and purify them.

 

Nagoshi-no Oharae
(夏越しの大祓  / great purification ceremony)

 

The Major Purification Ritual of the summer, is held at the mid-point of the year. The Japanese conduct purification ceremonies to rid themselves of sin and impurity.
Many Shinto shrines hold “Chinowa-kuguri” (The picture above) to purify themselves people go through a ring of blady grass three times.

 

 

And, some shrine use paper dolls. The sin of the body and misfortune are transferred to a doll made with paper.

 

SUMMER PURIFICATION CEREMONIES ARE HELD AT SHRINES IN KAGOSHIMA PREFECTURE.

The time and the fee for the event is depending on shrines.
So, if you want to visit a shrine, please ask the shrine before you go.

 

 

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