Gozan Okuribi consists of five different characters on five mountains: “Daimonji” (large), “Myoho” (Buddha’s remarkable teaching), “Funagata” (ship), “Toriigata” (shrine gate) and “Hidaridaimonji” (large on Mt. Hidaridaimonjiyama). These five characters are lit off one after another from 8 p.m.
There are several views on the beginning; however the origin of the ceremony is unknown. Some historical sources say there used to be a custom to send off ancestors’ spirits by throwing burning torches into the air. In contrast, the present Gozan Okuribi adopts the style to light off the fire bed of each mountain. ：8:15P.M. Toriigata (shrine gate)：8:20P.M.
The lit off time of five characters：
Myoho (Buddha’s remarkable teaching)：8:05P.M.
Hidaridaimonji (large on Mt. Hidaridaimonjiyama)
Toriigata (shrine gate)：8:20P.M.
Gozan Okuribi Map【PDF】
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