Religious Holidays Quiz

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What kind of calendar do Shinto practitioners observe?

  • It was much influenced by Chinese traditions.
  • The Japanese imperial court set up a bureau of divination, called the Onmyoryo ("Office of Yin-Yang"), and one of the Onmyoryo's chief functions was to establish a liturgical calendar.
  • Prior to the nineteenth century, many Shinto shrines maintained their own calendars of events, including uniquely regional and local festivities.
  • Today some major events still take place according to various ways of adapting the lunar calendar to fit the solar.

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