Introducing the Japanese festivals held in January.
The most popular event in January is New Year festival.
Japanese celebrate the New Year on January 1st and visit shrines or temples.
We call the first time visiting in that year to shrines or temples,“HATSUMODE”, and do it as a tradition.
Also “DONDO-YAKI” is a fire festival, usually held on January 15th all over Japan.
People gather New Year’s ornaments and burn them in a big bonfire and pray for good health and safety of family.
An annual event ”FUKUOTOKO ERABI” which is the race for men to get lucky all year round, is popular at Nishinomiya shrine in Hyogo Prefecture.