(posted; Japanese culture page)Today we visited our graveyards (husband-side and my-side)
Vernal Equinox and Fall Equinox is our spiritually important traditional National Holidays. Seven day period during these Equinox is called "Higan" in Japan.
Quite; Higan literally translates as “the other shore” and it refers to the belief that there is a river between this life and the next. In Buddhism, this is a frequent metaphor for parting this shore of ignorance, hatred and greed to the other shore of nirvana, peace and so on.
We have 2 origins for these holidays;
*One; is the celebration of seasonal change typical of an agricultural society. We have a saying "Atsusa samusa mo Higan made" ("Heat and cold last until Higan").
I saw field mustard blossomed from place to place while driving to our graveyard;