Today, I realized a little connection of my late mother's name and Thanksgiving Day for the first time. And brought back memories with her again :-)
When I first learned about this Harvest Festival, I remember thinking about the importance of having gratitude towards God.
In Japan, coming Monday is Labor Thanksgiving Day which is the modern name for an ancient cereals (rice, barley/wheat, etc) known as Niiname-sai (新嘗祭).
Traditionally, it celebrated the year's hard work; during the Niiname-sai ceremony, the Emperor would dedicate the year's harvest to kami (God in the religion of Shinto), and taste the rice for the first time. My late mother's name is "嘗代・Namiyo". As you might notice, the same kanji-character is used. Named after this festival by my grandparents. This is the link page about this.
This finding was kind of fascinated me, because it seemed as if I found a connection with friends in western culture. I know it is a little early and don't have much idea how you celebrate family gathering. But especially to my Friends in America;
Hope you have wonderful Thanksgiving day with your family next Thur.
(No post about this topic next week. Thank you SO much for reading and wishing you a wonderful weekend and preparation for your holiday season goes smoothly.)