NATIONAL HOLIDAYS

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Jan. 1 Ganjitsu New Year's Day Celebrate the first day of a year.
We visit shrines or temples to pray. (.Hatsumoude)
2nd Monday of January Seijin-no-hi Coming of Age Day
or Young Adults Day
The coming of age of 20 year old men and women is celebrated
Feb. 11 Kenkoku-kinen-bi National Foundation Day According to the earliest Japanese history book, Nihonshoki,
on this day in the year 660 BC the first emperor, Jinmu,
succeeded to the throne.
Mar. 20 or 21 Shunbun-no-hi The Spring Equinox Day People visit their graves during the week. This day is called ohigan.
Apr. 29 Showa-no-hi Day of Showa Originally Emperor Showa's birthday
May. 3 Kempou-kinen-bi Constitution Memorial Day Remembering the new constitution that was put into effect
after the war. National Constitution
May. 4 Midori-no-hi Greenery Day Created national holiday to make the first week of May
a continuous holiday in 2007..
May. 5 Kodomo-no-hi Children's Day This holiday was originally boy's festival
3rd Monday of July Umi-no-hi Marine Day A newly established national holiday (1996) to celebrate the sea.
The day marks the return of Emperor Meiji to Yokohama
from a boat trip to Touhoku and Hokkaido in 1876
 August 11  Yama-no-hi  Day of Mountains  A newly established national holiday. Starts from 2016.
Commute with mountains and thank the sustenance from
mountains

3rd Monday of September
Keirou-no-hi Respect for the Aged Day Respect for the elderly people
Sept 22 or .23 Shuubun-no-hi The Autumn Equinox Day People visit their graves during the week.
This day is called ohigan.
2nd Monday of October Taiiku-no-hi Health and Sports Day Oct. 10, 1964, the Olympic games of Tokyo were opened.
The government changed the holiday from the 10th to
the 2nd Monday in October.
Nov. 3 Bunka-no-hi Culture Day A day for promotion of culture and the love for
freedom and peace.
On this day, the government awards certain persons for their special cultural activities.
Nov. 23 Kinrou-kansha-no-hi Labor Thanksgiving Day Thanks for honoring labour.
Dec. 23 Tennou-tanjyoubi Emperor's Birthday The current Emperor's birthday

If a national holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday will be a holiday.    



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Not official national holidays
but special days or nationwide events
 


Jan./2-3 shougatsu Shogatsu, from Jan.1(national holiday ) to Jan. 3rd,
is the most important holiday season similar to the Christmas holidays
in Christian countries.
Feb. 3 setsubun One day before the beginning of spring according to the Japanese lunar calendar
Feb. 14 St. Valentine's Day In Japan, women give chocolates to men on this day.
A president of Merry Choccorate Co.Ltd. started this habbit.
Mar. 3 Hina-matsuri Girl's Day or Momo-no-sekku or Doll's festival
Mar. 14 White Day Men give candys or some gifts to women as acknowledgement for the chocolates
on Valentine's Day. It was started by the candy industry association.
Apr. 1 nendo-hajime New School year starts, job changing and office moving day. 
Jul. 7 Tanabata Star Festival
Aug. 13 o-bon The Bon Festival or Festival of the ancestors
This is the period that ancestors` spirit
come back to this world and commemorate the deceased ancestors.
Lots of workers take holidays
Aug. 14 o-bon
Aug. 15 o-bon
Dec.24 Christmas Eve Japan is not a Christian country, but especially among young people
they love to spend time together with boyfriend or girlfriend
and exchange gifts in romantic mood or children always love any gifts
Dec.25 Christmas
Dec. 28 goyou-osame Last working day of the year for most office workers
Dec 29 . Lots of workers take holidays for year end and prepare for new year
From Dec.31 to Jan.3, all the banks are closed.
Dec. 30 .
Dec. 31 .




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