Celebrating Legends, Folklore & Spirituality 365 Days a Year for June 17th – 18th – Lily Festival

June 17th – 18th

Lily Festival

The ancient Shinto festival of the Cleansing Lily originated from the need to dispel early summer downpours that would invariably lead to flooding. The lily stalks were gathered at dawn by seven maidens wearing white robes. the stalks were taken to local shrines for blessings. The flowers stayed in these temples overnight, during which time they were prayed over by the priests. Early the next morning, a procession led by the maidens walked through the town’s streets, waving the lilies to attract moisture-free weather.


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