Day 29

Muhammad Frassetia Lubis describes Chinka-sai, a Japanese fire festival.

On 31st December, Chinka-sai takes place in Itsukushima Shrine, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. This is a fire festival where a large torch is ignited with a sacred fire from the shrine and carried down to Mikasahama Beach. People light up their torches with the sacred flame, taking it home afterwards to offer to the family altar as a talisman to ward off fire-related disasters in the year ahead.