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Kashihara City , Nara Related category:
Nara Prefectures Intangible Folk Cultural Property Horanya fire festival    



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In Hachiman and Kasuga Shrines in Higashi-Bojo-cho of Kashihara City, fire festivals called Horanya are performed on August 14 and 15.

On the evening of August 14, from an old family of the Kawabata region, Yoi-taimatsu (evening torches) are dedicated to Hachiman Shrine and burned. On the following day, August 15, from morning onwards, torches dedicated by every shrine parishioner of each region are built. A large one is 3 meters long and 2 meters in diameter, weighing 500 kg.

From 1 oclock in the afternoon, 6 torches at Kasuga Shrine and10 hinoki cypress torches at Yawata Shrine are burned. The ignited torches are carried by parishioners on their shoulders, where they circle the precinct three times, and are then delivered before the altar.

Horanya is a rare fire festival held on the former Buddhist All Souls Day and is designated as a Prefectural Intangible Folk Cultural Property.

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