Spring Equinoctial Week is from March 17th (Thu) to March 23rd (Wed), 2016.
Higan is the period of three days before and after the Vernal Equinox Day. It becomes warmer around this period.
“Higan (彼岸)” means another world. It originally meant spiritual enlightenment in Buddhism, but “Higan” as a custom is traditionally specific to Japan. People visit their ancestors’ graves and put rice cakes covered with bean jam, dumplings and other things on their household shrines.
The photo is the rice cakes covered with bean jam (bota-mochi).
Their name changes depending on the season, and they are named after a seasonal flower.
It is called “bota-mochi (ぼたもち)” around the Vernal Equinox, because it is the peony flower (botan / 牡丹) season.
Around the Autumn Equinox, It is called “ohagi (おはぎ)”, because it is the bush clover (hagi / 萩) season.
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