October 16th and 17th
Kan-name-Sai Cermony, Hengest, Buchmesse
Annually on this date, the Japanese Shinto ceremony of Kan-name-Sai or good Tasting Event takes place. The rice from the first harvest is offered to the Imperial Ancestors, and the ancient Sun Goddess, Ama-terasu, is honored. In Asian countries, rice is the main source of nourishment, equal to that of wheat in Europe. In Japan, rice is the symbol of abundance and divine provision. It represents immortality, happiness, fertility, primordial purity, glory, solar power, knowledge and happiness and fecundity, which is its significance when thrown over brides at weddings.
In modern Asatru, the 17th of October is the feast of Hengest, the Saxon general, who along with Horsa, in the fifth century C.E., began the Germanic settlement of eastern Britain, which eventually became England.
Buchmesse is held in Germany each year at this time and is the world’s largest book fair for the publishing industry. More than 90 countries send exhibitors featuring their latest titles with attendance reaching more than 200,000 people.