23rd November 2014
Labour Thanksgiving Day (Kinro Kansha No Hi) is a major festival in Asia. It is a modern holiday for an ancient ritual called Niinamesai (Harvest Festival). Each year, a special ritual is done where the Emperor of Japan offers the seasons’ freshly harvested rice to the Gods. Post which people from all over Japan gather to harvest the years’ freshly imported goods in preparation of the much-awaited ancient holiday, Christmas.
On this day, people encourage and spread word about peace, human rights, and the environment. It is a relaxed day spent with family and loved ones, remembering the past years’ work and thanking god for life, bread and shelter. Nursery school children are also seen presenting their drawings to the local police officers, thanking them for their service.
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