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Japanese Labor Thanksgiving on Tuesday

Date Posted: 1999-11-19

November 23rd is a national holiday known in Japan as "Kinro-Kansha-no-hi", or Labor Thanksgiving Day. In 1948, November 23rd was designated as the day for people in Japan to honor the labor and pay due respect to workers, to celebrate the year’s harvest, and show mutual appreciation for one another.

On this day, a harvest ceremony called "Niiname-sai", which has been commemorated every year at the imperial court, is performed. During the ceremony, the Emperor dedicates that year's new rice to the gods and tastes it for the first time at the Imperial Household.

At the level of the populace, people go out for fun with their families and friends, or just take a rest at home like on other holidays.

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