Kanreki literally means "return" and "calendar." The ancient Japanese calendar was organized on 60-year cycles. The cycle returns to its starting point in 60 years and as such, kanreki celebrates that point in our lives when we return to the Chinese zodiac sign under which we were born.
Kanreki is a time that prompts new beginnings. It is customary for the celebrant to be given a red hat and a red vest - clothes that were worn by babies and thus symbolize the celebrant's return to their birth.
Rituals like Kanreki blessings are used to mark significant transitions in later life. Life's fundamental passages have traditionally been accompanied by religious ritual.
Rituals afford us a sense of belonging and gives us a way to connect to family, past and present. Rituals tie us to our ancestors and to our heritage and helps us to understand where we came from. As a bridge between past and future, rituals strengthen our own identity.
Complimentary Kanreki blessings are offered once a year in February, to all those who purchase a Kanreki Kit.
The 2018 Kanreki Kits will be available from December 28, 2019.
The next complimentary Kanreki Blessing will be held on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 1:00 pm.
The Kanreki Kit contains:
Certificate for One complimentary Kanreki blessing on Sunday, February 9, 2020
Certificate for Ofuda to display in your home
Certificate for Kanreki omamori
Certificate for Kanreki T- shirt (Sizes available: S, M, L, XL, 2XL)
Kanreki - a renewal
In Asian cultures, the aging process is celebrated with the honor and recognition it deserves. In the U.S., we worship youth and looking young and entering our 60s is approached with dread and humor about being “over the hill” or having one’s “foot in the grave.”
Becoming 60 gives us an uneasy feeling that they have moved into unknown territory. For most of us, the first half of life was defined by our work; in the second half, we may not have a clue as to who we really are.
Kanreki is a time to re-evaluate our lives, when we may begin to face our mortality, get serious about what we want our lives to be about, make transformative changes and reaffirm a sense of gratitude for the goodness and richness of our years.
The 60s also heralds the need for us to cultivate new relationships to our bodies. For many of us, our bodies no longer do what they used to. They don’t respond with the grace and ease they once did.
Kanreki is a time to
take stock of how life is working for you
let go of what no longer serves you
Make transformative changes
create your legacy
The Kanreki Blessing can be wonderfully life-affirming. Instead of seeing the 60s as a time of loss, see it is a time to listen the callings of your soul.
Embrace the blessings of life – it is a time of personal renewal and empowerment. Now is the time to continue on your miraculous journey living life by your heart. Celebrate Life !!
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