Kyoto Bonfire Festival Held on Smaller Scale amid Epidemic

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Kyoto, Aug. 16 (Jiji Press)--A traditional bonfire festival in Kyoto, western Japan, was held Sunday night on a smaller scale than usual due to the novel coronavirus epidemic.

In the Gozan no Okuribi festival, held every year on Aug. 16, firewood arranged in the shape of symbols and kanji characters such as dai, meaning big, is set on fire on mountains.

The religious ritual is meant to send off the spirits of ancestors that have visited their offspring during the "Bon" holiday period.

This year's event was held with a smaller number of bonfires than usual, with only six fires comprising dai.

At 8 p.m. (11 a.m. GMT), spectators cheered as the fire for day was lit on Mount Nyoigatake in the Higashiyama district.

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