November 7th and 8th
Sadie Hawkins Day, Festival of the Kitchen Goddess
From the 1930s comic strip, the character Sadie Hawkins overstepped the boundaries of propriety when she asked a man for a date. And, though we have come a long way since those days of male domination, many still feel that it is the man’s place to do the asking. So, on this day many schools and social organizations reverse the role and make it ladies’ choice.
In Japan, November 8th is set aside to honor the Goddess Uke-Mochi-No-Kami—she who possesses food—and the kitchen Gods Oki-Tsu-Hiko and Oki-Tsu-Hime. The God of the kitchen range Kamado-no-Kami is also greatly honored and venerated in most households. On this day, all the pots and pans are washed, and offerings of rice and rice wine are left in honor of the hearth side deities.