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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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New year traditions in Japan: fair

New year – the most favorite and fun time for the Japanese, moreover, it is one of the three major holidays of the country , along with the Foundation Day of the state and the birthday of the Emperor. In earlier times, New year was celebrated according to the lunar calendar, but since the end of XIX century it corresponded with the New year of the Gregorian calendar and the celebration of Christmas. The Japanese are preparing for the holiday ahead of time: the whole month of December of the outgoing year is busy with holiday chores and preparations.

Markets and fairs on the eve of the New year – evidence of the holiday hustle and bustle. Since the mid eighteenth century were arranged colonies of birds (tori no ichi). Special demand used the rake (kumade) – good luck charm. Popularity since the end of the nineteenth century acquired Fair of the year (Toshi no ichi), which was a buy-sell stuff (nanaka URI) in Tokyo in the Asakusa district, near the temple of the goddess Kannon. Widely was izvestnoi fair in Tokyo in Setagaya ward (Setagaya Boro-ichi), where the residents sold the unnecessary to make the purchases for the New year.

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