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On the last day of a year, at midnight,“Jo-ya-no-ka-ne(除夜の鐘)”, or “bells on New Year’s Eve” are ringing at every temple. Bells are totally struck for 108 times on each temple. In Buddhist beliefs, there are 108 annoying desires which cling to humans (just 108? or so many? ^^;), and they can be purified while the bells ring one by one. As we’ve listened to all the bells calmly, our annoying feelings of this year are removed, and we can meet New Year with fresh mind. 107 times of the bells are struck on December 31th, and the last one bell is done as the date is just changed, that is, on January 1st.
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