Fishing town celebrates Lunar New Year

Fishing town celebrates Lunar New Year

On February 10, fishing boats flying colorful flags anchored at the port in Itoman to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

February 11, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

In Itoman, many people celebrated on February 10, which is New Year’s Day in the Lunar Calendar. At the fishing port in Itoman, where culture surrounding the lunar calendar still remains, fishermen flew flags and prayed for a big catch. This year, flags from last year’s national convention to promote a bountiful sea were also flown, creating a more colorful and vibrant atmosphere than in normal years. From early morning, many people visited the Hakugindo Shrine, where the gods of the sea are worshipped, and prayed for the safety of their families.

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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