Religious Holidays Quiz

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How does the agricultural cycle affect Shinto-related ritual celebrations?

  • Spring and autumn festivals correspond with planting and harvesting.
  • Between planting and harvest are a host of generally smaller summer festivals (natsu-matsuri).
  • At the beginning of each imperial era, the new emperor performs an Autumn celebration called the "Great Feast of New Food" (daijosai).
  • The winter solstice heralds the new year, so many people begin them with ceremonial cleaning.

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