Hadaka Matsuri a naked festival in Japan

Hadaka Matsuri a naked festival in Japan
naked festival in Japan

             The first thing that comes to mind about Japan is its technology. It is a highly developed country, which is mostly known for its advanced technology that makes for a lot of people an ideal state for studies, making their career,  or one of the most luxurious places for holidays. The country is also famous for reasons like animation—we all animation or used to love in our childhood. The reason Japan is renowned for animation is that they make animated movies and shows more than any country. They don’t only target kids but also adults that make Japan’s animation more and more popular. Besides these easy facts about Japan, do you know it has a fascinating culture?

                Hadaka Matsuri is also known as the naked festival, and it is one of the most exciting festivals in Japan. Males perform all the rituals of this festival, but females are not allowed to come. In Japan, people celebrate this festival in summer or winters. But the majority time people celebrate it in winters. On the third Saturday of February, the Japanese celebrate this festival. The participants of this ritual wear only short loincloths, which is known as a fundoshi. There is a purifying ritual in this festival, which includes water mostly ice water. Just thinking about going out without clothes in winter and performing ice water purifying ritual can give anyone chills, but in Japan, thousands of people participate in this ritual. The people who participate in this ritual, they parade along the streets of the city. Japanese believe that they get purified by the cold water, which is part of this ritual. Later they gather at Saidai-Ji temple perform their main ceremony, which even makes people aggressive. The lights are precisely put out at 10 pm, and Shinto priest throws 100 lucky sticks and two individual sticks into the crowd. The participants tried to grab one of them and put it in a rice box, which is called masu. It will bring good luck to those who successfully put the stick in the rice box. 

        Japanese people take this ritual so severely that many people get injured, and some even die. They get aggressive for the sticks that they end up hurting each other, and the crowd is full of energetic people, sometimes each cause death. Therefore, you will get to see the medical teams and a lot of police officers around the place of the ritual to handle these kinds of situations. Despite all this, thousands of Japanese people participate in this ritual every year because they have a strong belief in it. So, they say anything for good luck.