Labour Thanksgiving Day (Japan) 11 月 23 日

In Japan, the 23rd of November is Labor Thanksgiving Day, which is a national holiday.

This holiday is believed to have its basis in an ancient rice harvest ritual named Niinamesai, which involved the Emperor dedicating the years rice harvest to Shinto Gods. It then came to be held on the 23rd of November during the Meiji era (1868 – 1912).

After World War II, Labor Thanksgiving Day was established to acknowledge the establishment of greater rights for workers in the post-war constitution and to commemorate labour and production.

During the day, local labour organisations sponsor events to encourage thinking about peace, human rights and the environment.

Here are some videos on YouTube that came up when I typed in Labor Thanks Giving Day. They are from a festival held on the day in 2006:

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