Annual Event list

Date
Event
Place

January 1

First Worship of the New Year
Great Buddha Hall
Nigatsu-dō
January 7
Ceremony of the First Month
Great Buddha Hall
February
Festival of the First Day of Spring
Nigatsu-dō
March 1-14
Nigatsu-dō
April 8
Ceremony of the Buddha’s Birth
Great Buddha Hall
May 2

Memorial Service for Emperor Shōmu

Tennō-den
Great Buddha Hall
May 3
Visit to Emperor Shōmu’s Mausoleum
Emperor Shōmu’s Tomb
Great Buddha Hall
July 5
Memorial Service for Priest Chōgen
Shunjō-dō
July 28
Ceremony of Purification
Great Buddha Hall
August 7
Cleaning of the Great Buddha
Great Buddha Hall
August 9
Day of Special Merit
Nigatsu-dō
August 15
Festival of Ten Thousand Lanterns
Great Buddha Hall
October 5
Ceremony Celebrating the Protection of Hachiman
Kanjin-sho
October 15
Festival Commemorating Shōmu’s Vow to Create the Great Buddha
Great Buddha Hall
December 16
Ceremony of Expounding on the Avatam.saka Sutra
Founder’s Hall
Hokke-dō