reflection on the past year. Take stock of what went well and what didn't go well. You may notice some patterns that you want to reinforce or break over the next year.
You formulate your intentions for the New Year.
A fire ceremony is used to burn slips of paper on which you write all the things that you want to get rid of. In this way you relinquish karma, clear space and open yourself to new possibilities. This clearing is confirmed with meditation.
With the bell ringing ceremony, a bell rings every minute for 108 minutes, starting at 10:13pm. This is followed by a celebration with tempura and udon noodles, and in Japan, the monks may drink some sake.