Dear haijin, visitors and travelers,
What an awesome month we have ... I have read wonderful haiku and tanka and a few Troiku this month and all those haiku and tanka are responses on the classical kigo for the fifth season, New Year. Today we are going further with the exploration of these wonderful classical kigo and today that is Little New Year (Koshogatsu).
|Credits: Typical decorations for Little New Year|
Koshogatsu - A Time of Celebration
The new moon marked the beginning of the official months but date discrepancies existed between official celebrations and folk celebrations. Using the lunar calendar the New Year was to begin at the second new moon after the winter solstice.
This was the "Great New Year" or shogatsu. At the full moon two weeks later, there was another celebration called "Little New Year" or koshogatsu. Traditionally, these dates would occur sometime from the end of January to the middle of February. However, when the government adopted the Gregorian calendar, shogatsu became associated with the first day of January and koshogatsu fell on the 15th of January.
I buy a dog talisman -
little New Year
|Hokke-Ji temple at Nara|