Water Memorial Day Ceremony is held on April 3rd
Apr 04, 2018
The ALL KIYOMIZUDERA SEISUIJI Network, which was organized by all the temples throughout Japan baring the name "Kiyomizu" or "Seisui" (both are different pronunciations of the same kanji characters 清水), established the 3rd day of April as Water Memorial Day. Every year since 1998, the organization has held a joint ceremony in Kiyomizu-dera Temple's Main Hall, praying for the purification of people's minds and our living environments, as well as giving thanks for the blessing of water.
Priests from different sects chant their sutras in unison while offering votive water to visitors and asking for donations in support of a well drilling campaign in India.
In the east side of the Main Hall, Banshu-Kiyomizu-dera will perform Mitake-daiko drumming as a religious offering and the Kiyomizu-dera Temple Community will stage a spectacular parade known as Seiyu-e. On this year's Water Memorial Day, feel grateful for the value of water and consider the people suffering from water shortages elsewhere in the world.
April 3rd (Tue)
1:00pm: Joint ceremony
2:00pm: Dedicatory Mitake-daiko drumming performance by Banshu-Kiyomizu-dera
After 2:00pm: Seiryu-e parade
*The Evening Special Visit 2018
Dates: March 30 (Fri) - April 8 (Sun)
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