Public holidays in Japan
As in any other country, in Japan there are several kinds of festivals: traditional, borrowed and official. Traditional, as a rule, go back to ancient customs or religious holidays and calendar special notes do not have. As well as elsewhere, wishing mark all borrowed holidays, for example Valentine’s Day, Halloween and other Western celebrations. «the Law on national holidays», which was adopted on 20 July 1948 sets a date for the weekend which are common to the whole country, in Japanese they are called “kokumin-but sukumizu”.
What are national holidays of Japan
Among all the other countries Japan leads in the number of official holiday dates. So what are the Public holidays in Japan?
Let’s start from the beginning of the calendar. So, January 1 is the beginning of the New year. As in many other countries in Japan on this day people cook different dishes, give gifts and just have fun. There’s also a funny tradition to pay special attention to any case that in the new year made for the first time.
After all, if it is done well it will bring success in the new year. January 15 is the Day of age. On this day all boys and girls who have reached 20 years of age, celebrate the holiday. After all, this is the age of adulthood in Japan. From this moment Continue reading
It’s hard to find a country so rich in festivals like Japan, where nearly every day of any celebration, and even more. The celebrations are accompanied by performances, processions, music, singing, dancing, competitions, games.
The numerous parties can be divided into groups according to their origin and content. It is, above all, the New year, the “holiday of holidays”. Time complex new year holidays lasts almost the whole winter season.
Significant place in the Japanese calendar is the ancient agricultural feasts, accompanied by ancient rituals. The most striking are those that are associated with rice cultivation. Eastern aesthetics, the originality spawned a whole range of holidays in the contemplation of nature — cherry blossoms, autumn maple leaves, moon.
Many festivals in Japan dedicated to children. The most famous of these holidays girls and boys (tango-but sekku and Hina-Matsuri). In addition, children are indispensable participants of most adult of holidays.
A number of holidays originated as the memory of different historical events: gion, the Parade of the ages, etc.
In Japan officially established on 14 days off, if a holiday falls on a Sunday, it becomes a non-working day and Monday:
1 January — New year (Ganjitsu).
January 15 — coming of age Day (Seydzin-no Continue reading
Day of honoring the elderly in Japan on September 16
— How old are you? — 80. Well, you’re still young, so hop on this place. But I’ve been 85. The dialogue on the bus is still an undeniable fact that on planet Earth the Japanese are in the group of centenarians. According to the results published by the Ministry of labour and social protection in July 2012, the average life expectancy of Japanese people is 79,44 years, and Japanese — to 85.9 years. Until 2010, women held the leading position in the world, and men were at the 4th place. In recent years, speaking of elderly people in Japan have increasingly begun to use the phrase “silver age” (silver age), and I must say that the “silver age” in Japan, in the majority, leads a healthy lifestyle and looking great. And, there is no doubt that Japanese proverb — “to Learn new things, referring to the old” very well reflects the relationship between generations in Japan and allows us to understand that the cult of the older generation, in the best sense of the word, here is very tangible.
All of which reached the country after the devastation left by the second world war, it is obliged to them who are now over 70. So the Day of honoring the elderly (Keiro-no Hi) is a bright and beloved holiday. To celebrate Continue reading