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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 the child becomes a full citizen and can participate in elections.

An ancient legend says that on 11 February the first Emperor Jimmu founded a new state – Japan. Focusing on this date in the land of the rising sun is celebrated the Day of state. 21 March, comes the Spring equinox, which is associated with ancient beliefs of the Japanese, this day is revered ancestors and enjoy the coming of spring. In the South, usually at this time begins to blossom Sakura. April 29 is the beginning of “Golden week” — a carefree time for many Japanese, at this time, forget all about work.

A long time ago this day was celebrated as the birthday of the great Emperor of Hirohito, who was known for his love of nature. But as you know, over the years, the political mood in any of the countries change and the holiday was renamed greenery Day in just. In 2007, he was returned its original name – “Showa Day” and its history. May 3 is Constitution Day and was celebrated for the first time on the anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution of 1948.

4 may have not any special holiday, it was just a day off in the middle of “Golden week”, that weekend didn’t explode. But since 2007, this day was moved to “Greenery Day”, a day in which the Japanese revere nature. The third Monday in July, Japanese celebrate marine Day.

Before the war this day was called “Day of the Navy of Japan” and was celebrated on 20 July. 15 September was established the day of honoring the elderly, in view of the fact that both children and adults have their holidays. In the twentieth of September, when the Autumn equinox. Just as the vernal equinox is a day of honoring and remembrance of the dead. There is a festival of pumpkins. On 10 October on the calendar – is celebrated the Day of Sports set up in Japan in the Olympic games.

November 3 – Culture Day, a holiday established in the Emperor’s Birthday, Mutsuhito, known for his policy of education. On this day as the Constitution was promulgated in Japan. Is celebrated on November 23 labour Thanksgiving Day. As a rule, this day was the end of all agricultural work, after which people can relax. Usually, on this day, people thank each other. December 23 is the birthday of nowadays well of the Emperor, and it is not difficult to guess, with the change of the Emperor will be replaced and date of this holiday.


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