Sunday, February 10, 2013

Giant Snake Festival

2013 is the Year of the Snake, according to the Chinese Zodiac. To honor this year, I offer this look at an interesting festival from the small town of Sekikawa in Japan’s Niigata prefecture where they parade an enormous snake made of bamboo and straw. The snake is 82.8 meters long (or about 271.6 feet) and was weighs about 2 tons requiring 500 people to carry it.

The festival is a type of Obon celebration – a time when the Japanese remember spirits of the dead. It is also a reminder of a terrible flood which hit Sekikawa in 1967 that took a number of lives. The date was August 28th which is why the snake is the exact length of 82.8 to reflect that.

As to why a snake, check out this YouTube video:

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