What is Ohigan??
Ohigan is a traditional week-long seasonal event held in Japan each spring and autumn. It centers on the spring equinox (haru-higan) and autumn equinox (aki-higan), with the equinoxes being public holidays.
There is a Japanese saying that “no heat or cold remains after the equinox”, which recognizes the equinoxes as boundaries between seasons. With haru-higan passing the days become longer and warmer as summer approaches, and following aki-higan people anticipate the arrival of winter.
During Ohigan, families visit the graves of relatives and hold memorial services for their ancestors. It is believed that those doing so will be rewarded with happiness in the afterlife. This is one of the reasons why this traditional event is still held in present day Japan.