Shunki-sorei-sai (Shinto) Shunki-sorei-sai: The March Memorial Service is held at home altars to revere ancestors as kami. Grave-sites are cleaned and purified.
Tohji-taisai (Shinto) Tohji-taisai, the Grand Ceremony of the December Solstice, celebrates the joy of the ending of yin period of the sun, when it declines in strength, and the beginning of its growing power or yang period. The sun is of central importance in Japan, expressing the presence of Amaterasu Omikami, the Kami of the [...]
Shuki-sorei-sai (Shinto) Shuki-sorei-sai, the September equinox memorial service, has observances similar to the March equinox memorial service.
Ob-harai-taisai (Shinto) Ob-harai-taisai, the Great purification Ceremony, has been held since ancient times to obtain purification from sins and offences committed during the first half of the lunar year. In earlier times, the Imperial Japanese Court led the ceremonies. A large ring of woven grasses and reeds is placed at the entrance of the shrine [...]