Ceremony at Asian Art Museum helps ring in New Year

Patrons gathered inside a hall at the Asian Art Museum to witness and take part in the 34th annual Japanese...

Patrons gathered inside a hall at the Asian Art Museum to witness and take part in the 34th annual Japanese New Year Bell-Ringing Ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019.

The ceremony is a Buddhist tradition in which a bell is rung 108 times as part of Joya, which means to eliminate darkness and to receive a bright, new year of peace and happiness.

The museum’s bell was built in 1532 for Daienji Temple in Tajima province, Japan.

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