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祭りと行事 - Yearly Rituals

1月1日歳旦祭 / Saitan-sai ( Prayers for good fortune throughouout the Year )
1月9日~11日十日ゑびす祭 / Toka-Ebisu-sai

1/9 9:00~21:00まで
1/10 6:00~21:00まで
1/11 9:00~17:00まで 開催しております。

Wakamatsu-Ebisu jinja holds Toka Ebisu Festival from January 9 through 11 for three days. It is opened a variety of lotteries ornamented with lucky charm twigs in great turnout, and heard powerful shouts, ”Shoubaihanjo de sasa motte koi”(meaning; it was a good year so we shall bring bamboo twigs).In lotteries, we can get lucky charm items such as Fukukaki(bamboo rake) or Takarabune(treasure ship) etc.People change their mood from new year’s holidays to customary workdays on this occasion, this Toka ebisu festival is concentrated with pledge and wish of folks, “Ebisusama, we newly start business for this year and please protect us, by your grace. ”
1月15日古神符焼納祭(どんど焼き) / Dondo-yaki(People gather New Year’s ornaments and burn them in a big bonfire.)

1月25日初天神祭 / Hatsu-Tenjin-sai  
2月~12月まで月次祭(つきなみさい)斉行 / Tsukinami-sai( Monthly Ritual )

First day of  February through December, 9:00am
2月3日節分祭 / Setsubun-sai


‘Setsubun’ is a festival held on February 3, one day before the start of spring according to the Japanese lunar calendar. The most commonly performed ritual is the throwing of roasted beans around one’s house and at jinja. After that, people eat as many beans as their age.
2月初午の日初午祭 / Hatsu’uma-sai (First Horse Day festival) (held at the Inari-sha subsidiary shrine)
2月11日紀元祭 / Kigen-sai ( Celebration for National Foundation Day )
4月2日~4日春季大祭 / Shunki-Taisai ( Great Spring Festival )

「おえべっさん」春の大祭は、「商売繁昌と海上安全の守り神」として親しまれており、一年間の「福徳円満 恵宝長寿」を招く神事として、約四百年もの伝統があります。また、若松の中心地を練り歩く4/2催行の御神幸行事は、荒魂(アラミタマ)をお乗せした神輿と、和魂(ニギミタマ)をお乗せした鳳輦(ホウレン)が笛と太鼓の音色に合わせ、供奉、神職の行列が続きます。
4/2 9:00~21:00まで
4/3 9:00~21:00まで
4/4 9:00~21:00まで 開催しております。

Spring huge-scaled festival known as `Oebessan` is held from April 2 through 4 for three consecutive days. Here Wakamatsu Ebisu jinja has been familiar with its enshrined guardian deity of `Sea guard and prosperous business`, this spring festival has approximately 400 years’ tradition as an advance religious ritual that is said to give rise of ‘Prosperity wealth and happiness, healthy long life’.Also there is a ceremony called `Gojinkousai`, in which Mikoshi(a portable shrine) that transports the deity of Aramitama(rough side of a sprit) and Horen (the imperial palanquin) that transports the one of Nigimitama(normal state of the Kami) parade through the city central, while music is played on Japanese flutes and drums. Next to them, accompanies and Sinto priests follow on the prade.
7月30日・31日夏越祭 / Nagoshi-sai ( Great Purification )

7/30 19:00~21:00
7/31 19:00~21:00
11月15日七五三祭 / Ceremony for 7, 5, and 3 year-old children
12月2日~4日例大祭 / Rei-taisai ( Annual Major Ritual /Great Autumn Festival )

12/2 9:00~21:00まで
12/3 9:00~21:00まで
12/4 9:00~21:00まで 開催しております。

The great autumn festival well known as ‘Oebessan’ is held from December 2 through 4 every year.“Fukujin Tamakae”(Ball-exchanging ritual) is started with the first fire works, people all together speak to each other “Kaemasho, Kaemasho”(Kaemasho means let’s exchange),andexchange each cute ceramic bell shaped of a red sea bream, on bream, on which lottery number is attached. With the firework again, they finally stop exchanging and keep the own bell then move on the next lottely event.“Fukujusai Oza” is an unique event originated in the early Edo era, it is performed cooking manners called ‘Buri-no-teburi’ by the chief priest. The priest carefully cooks the yellowtail taken from the offering at the deity.
12月31日除夜祭 / Joya-sai (New Year’s Eve festival and Year-end grand purification)