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Public and important holidays for Japan

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

The Japanese eating habits and Zen macrobiotics

BC in Japan, people engaged in hunting, fishing and gathering plants, they had no grain crops. Then there farming with a predominance of rice cultivation. Widely developed the cultivation of vegetables and pulses, especially soya and beans. Of equal importance was gardening. Practiced fishing and poultry farming, but not livestock.

The main in the diet of the Japanese for centuries were rice and other grains that had formed the group under the name “primary food”, unlike their accompanying products. called the “additional food”. Note that all macrobiotic products are also divided into basic and additional. Among the widely consumed vegetables first place is radish (daikon) in cheese. boiled and pickled. Daikon is one of the favorite vegetables in a poppy-robotica.

Source of animal protein in the diet of Japanese were fish and seafood, often raw. Other animal products, mostly meat birds and eggs in the traditional kitchen was seldom used. Consumption, though small, lean animal meat has become universal over the last century, and it has increased significantly over the last 30-40 years.

Among the sources of vegetable protein in the Japanese diet was dominated by protein of soybean, especially through foods such as bean curd (tofu) and fermented pastes of soybeans. Continue reading

National holidays of Japan

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).

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