|A YEAR IN OKINAWA @@@ Kyoko Nakamoto
There held various kind of ceremonies and cultural event throughout the year in Okinawa.They have many distinctive features. @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@
January gMuchih:Make grice-cakehwrapped with Ginger leaf for driving away
especially new birth babiefs evils and pray for the health of children.
FebruaryhSakura-matsurih: Japanfs earliest cherry tree blossoms here in
Okinawa.Cherry blossom Festival in Yaedake where the northern district of
the island is famous.
MarchhHamauih:Traditional girls festival to celebrate the beach opening
seen in the outer islands. It is also for drive away onefs evils.
AprilhShimihFRelatives gather to clean the family tombfs surrounding area
and offer ceremonial foods for their ancestors.
MayhYukka-nu-hih:Okinawan traditional childrenfs day with hopes for
health and growth of the children.
Junehharih:There held Dragon boat races traditionally by fishermen
throughout Okinawa to pray for a maritime safety and bountiful fishing,
JulyhSummer festivalh:There held various kind of summer festivals like beer fest or music fest with Fire works.
AugusthEisah It is known as the Bon Festival,a three-day observance when ancestor spirits are invited to visit their families in the living world.
Eisa dances during these period are for welccoming ancestral spirits.
SeptemberhShi-shi-maih:Lion-dances are widely perfomed at many area of
Okinawa to pray for a good harvest and rituals to despel evil spirits on the
fall night of full moon.
OctoberhTsuna-hikihFIt is traditionally the fight event to gain a great harvest
between the farming villages.The Naha Great Tug-of- War has a history of
400 years and the weight of the Ropes recorded in the Guinness book.
NovemberhHatagashirahFHatagashira is a kind of sports and tradition of
balancing enormous flagpoles with heavy decorations at the top.Each flags
waving beautifuly and the audience thrilled with the skills of powerful men
balancing the flag poles.
DecemberhMarathonhFThe Naha Marathon is one of Japanfs largest citizensf
full 42.195km marathon with over 30.000 runners and joggers participating