Japanese culture – v3. National holidays🎌

Hi everyone! Summer is almost over, Typhoon is hitting Japan right now, and Autumn (Winter?) is on its way… Time flies so fast!🌀

Actually, now, the third week of September is called “Silver week”in Japan. Silver week is a series of holidays comprising two national holidays (actually, not always a series of holidays though). So today, I would like to introduce Japanese national holidays to help you make your comfortable travel plans🎌✈️✨

We have 16 national holidays in Japan, although there might be an additional day as a result of law creating an extra holiday when an ordinary day is sandwiched between two other national holidays.

Actually, traditional work culture in Japan discourages people from taking long vacations, especially while other colleagues are still in the office…😰 Therefore, most people make their travel plans during the holidays when all employees are on holiday👜💨
If your travel dates to Japan include national holidays, please be careful a little bit because popular spots may be crowded by local people and prices for travel and accommodation may sky-rocket🤔💦

Below is the list of national holidays and brief explanation for each⭐️

January

🎍New Year’s Day (元旦; Ganjitsu)
New Year’s Day (January 1)is Japan’s most important holiday. It is our custom to make our first visit to a temple or shrine to pray for our health and happiness in coming year.

👘Coming-of-Age Day (成人の日; Seijin-no-hi)
This holiday is observed on the second Monday of January to celebrate adulthood for all those turned 20. People usually put on Japanese traditional clothing; Hakama for boys, and Furisode (a kind of Kimono) for girls.

February

🎌National Foundation Day (建国記念の日; Kenkoku-kinen-no-hi)
This holiday is observed on February 11 to commemorate the legendary enthronement of Japan’s first emperor in 660 B.C.

March

🌸Vernal Equinox Day (春分の日; Shunbun-no-hi)
This holiday usually falls on March 21. It has a focus on the Buddhist philosophy of respecting one’s ancestors.

April

🏯Showa Day (昭和の日; Showa-no-hi)
This holiday is observed on April 29. It used to be celebrated as the birthday of Emperor Hirohito whose resign is called the Showa Period.

May

🎌Constitution Memorial Day (憲法記念日; Kenpokinenbi)
This holiday is observed on May 3. It commemorates the day when Japan’s present Constitution went into effect in 1947.

🍀Greenary Day (みどりの日; Midori-no-hi)
This holiday is observed on May 4. It used to be celebrated on April 29, the former Emperor’s birthday, to commemorate his interest in biology, but moved to May 4 when April 29 was redesigned as Showa Day.

🎏Children’s Day (こどもの日; Kodomo-no-hi)
This holiday is observed on May 5 to give thanks for the health and happiness of Japan’s children.

🌟Golden Week (ゴールデンウィーク)
Golden Week is a series of holidays comprising Showa Day on April 29, Constitution Memorial Day on May 3, Greenary Day on May 4 and Children’s Day on May 5.

July

🐳Marine Day (海の日; Umi-no-hi)
This holiday is observed on the third Monday of July. It is for expressing gratitude for the benefits given by sea and praying for the prosperity of Japan as a maritime nation.

August

🌿Mountain Day (山の日; Yama-no-hi)
This holiday has started in 2016! It is observed on August 11 to express gratitude for the benefits given by mountain.

September

👴👵Respect-for-the-Aged Day (敬老の日; Keiro-no-hi)
This holiday is observed on the third Monday of September. It honors seniors and celebrates their longevity.

🍁Autumnal Equinox Day (秋分の日; Shubun-no-hi)
This holiday usually falls on September 23. As well as Vernal Equinox Day, it has a focus on the Buddhist philosophy of respecting one’s ancestors.

October

🏀Sports Day (体育の日; Taiiku-no-hi)
This holiday is observed on the second Monday of October. It is for promoting the good physical and mental health of the Japanese as a commemoration of the Tokyo Olympics in 1964.

November

🍵Culture Day (文化の日; Bunka-no-hi)
This holiday is observed on November 3. It celebrates Japanese culture, and the national government presents a prestigious award to those who have excelled in art, culture or science.

👔Labor Thanksgiving Day (勤労感謝の日; Kinrokansha-no-hi)
This holiday is observed on November 23. This is the day for giving thanks to the nation’s labor force and the product resulting from their labor.

December

🎂Emperor’s Birthday (天皇誕生日; Tenno-tanjobi)
This holiday is the current Emperor’s Birthday, observed on December 23. People are allowed onto the Imperial Palace grounds on the day.

It’s a lot..isn’t it? Thank you for reading the end of this article!

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