One of our New Year's Rituals - Bonfire (2nd Sunday of Jan.)
I'm terrible. It's already May. Yeah, again, I procrastinated.
And now I'm trying to catch up by just posting several pics for each month, with a short summary of what happened then, maybe (and with faked dates, of course).
So, here's some photos from January. On this post I'll have the ones related to traditional New Year's customs.
Long-term readers of my blog already know about osechi and have seen photos of our family osechi for years, right? ;)
But with mom's hospitalization and my broken foot, it was just great that we were able to do "the same thing" again this year...
And our family tradition: New Year's celebration ritual (which you read about over and over on this blog, right? ;))
Oh, yeah! I didn't forget to wear kimono! At that time, mom was back from the hospital just for a short stay and still very weak, so I couldn't count on her help. It took hours for me to put on this outfit and the tie was getting loose by the time I got this shot. From my unnatural posture, I guess you can tell I was trying hard to hide that fact ... LOL
In our community, on the 2nd Sunday of Jan. kids collect New Years' decoration items in the neighborhood and burn them to send the God of New Year back to heaven. It is said that if you eat the rice cake grilled over this bonfire (more precisely, grilled over the charcoal heated in this bonfire), you don't catch cold or can stay healthy throughout the year.