Upcoming Online Ceremony

Setsubun-e Ceremony (for Kaimyo-in believers only)

Upcoming Online Ceremony

Setsubun-e Ceremony February 2022
Date: 03 February 2022 (Thursday)
Time: 3pm

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Limited to Kaimyo-in believers only.

Significance of the Setsubun-e Ceremony

The term ‘setsubun’ means ‘the division of seasons’. In Japan, the four seasons are spring, summer, autumn and winter, which means that technically there exist 4 setsubun in Japan, but usually the term setsubun refers to the spring Setsubun because of the first day of spring, New Year’s Eve. Setsubun falls on the 3rd of February according to the solar calendar, which is the one most people use nowadays. The custom of throwing beans on Setsubun dates back to the Muromachi period (1336-1573). Before that, people used to change their sleeping places in order to purify their bedroom for the night and get rid of evil spirits. In Nichiren Shoshu, the meaning of this ceremony is slightly different from the general way of thinking. Our understanding of evil spirits would be in the form of those like Kishimojin or Juurasetsunyo, who are described in the Gohonzon as examples of the Buddhist Gods. This is because after they attained enlightenment, they promised the Buddha that they would protect those who are practitioners of the true Buddhism

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