The “Koya Fire Festival Daisaitogomaku”is held every year on the first Sunday of March.
It is a customary ceremony in Koya to announce that spring has come finaly after a long and harsh winter, praying for the “start of mountain-climbing season in the spring in Koyasan” and “opening of sacred places nationwide/ prayer for safe worship”.
Although the cancelation of the event was considered due to the nationwide spread of the Coronavirus this year, festival was held safely by the judgement made by the “Fire festival executive committee”
“Fire festival executive committee” official comment
In light of the current situation where people nationwide who are apprehensive in their daily life increases every day, it has been decided that a prayer was to take place for the well-being of the society and piece of mind of everyone, along with “plague eradication”, “good health”, “cure of illness” as well as for the [start of mountain-climbing season in the spring in Koyasan/ opening of sacred places nationwide/ prayer for safe worship].
Reference: General Incorporated Association Koyasan Tourism Association