Torch Ceremony is part of Second Month Ceremony.
On March 15th, a lot of children are climbing up the stone steps to February Hall .
On 15th March , one day after the two-week long second month ceremony was completed, the special event "Cap Dattan-bo, 韃靼帽いただかせ” is held for children in February Hall. A precious cap called Dattan-bo is symbolically put on the head of a child. The caps of the same type were worn by the priests while they were performing the unique ritual. The children who wear Dattan-bo are promised to grow up healthy and strong. Many children start crying loudly, but do not worry. Because it is said more loudly children cry, more healthy they grow up. This day, their cry blows like pleasant breeze. Mothers' happily smiling faces make me feel as if I were in comfortable sunshine. Toast to wonderful families!
When my son was a child, I did not know this ceremony. Now it i s too late for him.
Many Cameramothers! From the balcony of February Hall,
the vast view of Nara Basin is enjoyed.
They are climbing down the stone steps.
Quiet footsteps sound.. This is a residential area for the priests.
One by one, saying "Good-bye".
Mischievous spring winds surprise them.
Once the second month ceremony is over, real spring is said to be here in Nara!
This is the approach to Great Buddha's Hall of Todai-ji Temple. Around South Great Gate,
it is always crowded with visitors and deer. The deer are usually very amicable
and friendly, but on this day they seem to be terse and fed up with people.
Because of two-week ceremony, too many people have visited the temple!
Crimson Ume, Japanese apricot flowers in full bloom.
my blog about the second month ceremony, written in March, 2011.