Hadaka Matsuri

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Hadaka 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
2020 dateFebruary 15  (2020-02-15)
2021 dateFebruary 20  (2021-02-20)
2022 dateFebruary 19  (2022-02-19)
2023 dateFebruary 18  (2023-02-18)
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 fundoshi loincloth, 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 in Okayama, where the festival originated over 500 years ago.[1] Every year, over 9,000 men participate in this festival[2] in hopes of gaining luck for the entire year.

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  1. ^ "Near-naked Japanese men scramble for 'lucky sticks'". BBC News. 2019-02-17. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  2. ^ "Saidai-ji Eyo Hadaka Matsuri". Jnto.go.jp. Retrieved 2019-06-11.