Ise Jingū Kannamesai in Japan
Ise Jingū Kannamesai in Japan is held on October 17. October 15–25. This event in the second decade of the month October is annual. Help us
Kannamesai (a.k.a. Kanname no Matsuri, Kannie no Matsuri) is a rite and festival of Ise-jingu Shrine and the imperial court.
It is an imperial grand festival, and a rite to present new grains to Amaterasu Omikami (the Sun Goddess). In the past, sacred sake and food offered to the god was given to an imperial envoy on September 11 (old calendar), and it was presented to the god on September 17 (old calendar). After the change to the solar calendar in 1872, the Kannamesai was also changed to be performed on September 17 on the new calendar, which was too early for the new grain, and therefore it was postponed by one month to be performed on October 17 on the new calendar since 1879.
Japan’s most sacred Shinto shrine, Ise Grand Shrine, attracts millions of visitors and pilgrims each year and is considered the nation’s spiritual home.
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