Hadaka Matsuri

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Hōnen Matsuri
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Participants receiving purification by water at the naked festival at Saidaiji in Okayama.
Observed byJapan
TypeReligious
SignificanceCelebrates the blessings of a bountiful harvest and all manner of prosperity and fertility
DateThird Saturday in February
2013 dateFebruary 16  (2013-02-16)
2014 dateFebruary 15  (2014-02-15)
2015 dateFebruary 21  (2015-02-21)
2016 dateFebruary 20  (2016-02-20)
Frequencyannual
 
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Hōnen Matsuri
Hadaka Matsuri small.JPG
Participants receiving purification by water at the naked festival at Saidaiji in Okayama.
Observed byJapan
TypeReligious
SignificanceCelebrates the blessings of a bountiful harvest and all manner of prosperity and fertility
DateThird Saturday in February
2013 dateFebruary 16  (2013-02-16)
2014 dateFebruary 15  (2014-02-15)
2015 dateFebruary 21  (2015-02-21)
2016 dateFebruary 20  (2016-02-20)
Frequencyannual

A Hadaka Matsuri (裸祭り "Naked Festival"?) is a type of Japanese festival, or matsuri, in which participants wear a minimum amount of clothing; usually just a Japanese loincloth (called fundoshi), sometimes with a short happi coat, and rarely completely naked.

Naked festivals are held in dozens of places throughout Japan every year, usually in the summer or winter. The most famous festival is the Saidai-ji Eyo Hadaka Matsuri held at Saidaiji Temple in Okayama, where the festival originated. Every year, over 9,000 men participate in this festival[1] in hopes of gaining luck for the entire year.

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