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Throughout the week, Buddhist temples hold ceremonies to pray for the souls of the departed.
The seven-day period starting three days before Vernal Equinox Day and ending three days after is called higan.
Higan, which also occurs around Autumnal Equinox Day, is - along with New Year's and the bon festival in the summer - a time when we pay our respects to ancestors.
Visits are made to the family grave, cleaning it and offering flowers and incense to console ancestral spirits.
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