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    Posted July 29, 2014 by
    Bongaon, India
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    Hanabi is a Japanese word. In English this words means ‘Firework’ . As a influence of Edo custom ‘Hanavi Matsuri’ or firework festival is held in Japan in Summer. The Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival (隅田川花火大会, Sumidagawa Hanabi Taikai) is an annual fireworks festival. It is held on the last Saturday in July, over the Sumidagawa near Asakusa and over Tokyo Bay.The Sumidagawa Hanabi Taikai follows the Japanese tradition .It symbolizes an intense competition between rival pyrotechnic groups. Each group tries to out-do the last, and the result is an incredible variety of fireworks. The firework festival are not just in different colors and patterns, but forming shapes as complicated as Doraemon, Pikachu, or kanji.
    Friend Yukiko living in Shitamachi area of Tokyo invited me to visit Japan during the Summer season. Since the display of fireworks is very popular and attractive , I can observe the ongoing launching of fireworks sitting on the balcony of her Tokyo apartment.
    In analyzing the historical impact It is a revival of celebrations held in the Edo period,. This annual festival attracts close to a million celebrants. Similar events are held at the same time of year at many other sites throughout Japan.
    The tradition of the Sumidagawa fireworks festival can be traced back to 1732. Then fireworks were launched as part of festivals for the dead. During the period the country was in an economic crisis. Hardship of living made people very dependent of religious rituals. The people suffered from famine and disease to a greater degree than normal. Thus, the rituals and celebrations in which the fireworks took part played multiple roles. These were mourning observances for the dead, as well as celebrations of life, and entertainment for the poverty-stricken masses..
    Last week the letter of good friend came from Japan . She opined that Sumida river is holy river for Japanese , as Ganga river of India is for the Hindu people. Though at  present  this India is a developing country, the people of this country are still very sincere in ritual performances. More than 120 crore (1200 million ) of people of various religions is the –population of  modern India. Out of 120 crore total population , more than 80 crore people follow the Hindu religion . The Shinto religion of Japan also rely in the thought of multi gods and goddesses, as the  Indian Hindus are having.


                Out of pious sense young girls and young boys take bath in the water of Sumida .After bathing young girl and young boy wear ‘yukata. Yukata is a special type of traditional kimono. Usually yukata is cotton made and its color is whte

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