January 1st: New Year's Day (Ganjitsu 元日)
Second Monday of January: Coming of Age Day (Seijin no hi 成人の日)
February 3rd: Division of Season (Setsubun 節分)
February 11: National Foundation Day (Kenkokukinen no hi 建国記念の日)
February 14th: Valentine's Day
March 3rd: Doll Festival (Hinamatsuri ひなまつり)
March 14th: White Day
Around March 20th: Vernal Equinox Day (Shunbun no hi 春分の日)
Late March to early April: Flower Viewing (Hanami 花見)
April 29th: Shōwa Day (Shouwa no hi 昭和の日)
May 3rd: Constitution Memorial Day (Kenpoukinenbi 憲法記念日)
May 4th: Greenery Day (Midori no hi みどりの日)
May 5th: Children's Day (Kodomo no hi こどもの日)
July 7th: Star Festival (Tanabata 七夕)
Third Monday of July: Marine Day (Umi no hi 海の日)
Third Monday of September: Respect-for-the-Aged Day (Keirou no hi 敬老の日)
Around September 23rd: Autumnal Equinox Day (Shuubun no hi 秋分の日)
Second Monday of October: Health and Sports Day (Taiiku no hi 体育の日)
November 3rd: Culture Day (Bunka no hi 文化の日)
November 15th: Festival for three, five, and seven year olds (Shichi-go-san 七五三)
November 23rd: Labour Day (Kinrou kansha no hi 勤労感謝の日)
December 23rd: The Emperor's Birthday (Tennou tanjyoubi 天皇誕生日)
December 25th: Christmas
December 31st: New Year's Eve (Ōmisoka 大晦日)
It's almost Hinamatsuri at the time of this post so I thought it would be nice to create a thread to share trivia or our experiences about Japanese holidays & festivals. Even though my family lives in Canada, we still celebrate the festivals at home to keep in touch with our roots. I'll post photos and talk about what happens during those dates.
Black - A holiday.
Purple - A festival.
Blue - A mixture of the two where you get a day off and partake in a tradition.
Green - A recent event.
Depending on where you are in the world today is March 3rd, which means that it's Hinamatsuri (ひな祭り). It's a tradition to honor girls who wear a kinomo on this special occasion. Chirashizushi and kai no osumashi (clear soup with clam) are eaten; confectionaries (hishi or sakura mochi are common) are given to the dolls. Of course they're eaten by people afterwards!
Here's a small tidbit about its history.
Most households will have the two main dolls (the emperor and empress), but traditional places will go out and have thirteen with various accessories.Originally Posted by http://japanese.about.com/
Here's a traditional song that can be heard every year.
These are the dolls I had since I was four months old.
Most of the female dolls have cropped (?) hair so what I love about my doll is that her hair is long. One year I took off the white paper, but my mom got mad at me so now it's asymmetrical. XD
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I was in Japan during sport day and we encountered some of the student playing sports in a gymnasium of Tokyo. Going to school on a day off, only japanese can think that way :-)
In our way to a temple we also crossed a little girl (3/4 years old) dressed in kimono. I think I have read it's an iportant family event but I forgot what it is
It's most likely Shichi-go-san , which is celebrated when a child is three years old.Quote:
From your observations it looks as if you went to Japan during autumn.
Indeed that was surely thatQuote:
Yes the last 3 weeks of october, that was really nice holiday. The last events pained me quite a lot since I spent so god time there.Quote:
Now that I remind it we also encountered some parade, one in Kyoto on the Arashiyama bridge and one in the Todaiji temple in Nara (I think we were quite lucky with this one). But I'm not sure they were yearly event.
But we didn't see festivals like we see in manga with the wood shop and people dressed in kimono. But I guess we didn't really search for it.
Anyway I'm looking forward your next posts.
Your dolls are very pretty! (I'm from Kansai area, so my dolls are placed in reverse - empress on your left and emperor your the right.) I hope you have put away your hina dolls already. You know what they say: You won't be able to get married if you keep hina dolls out too long after March 3rd.
Thank you, mikkih-san! Perhaps next year I could see your hina dolls as well.
I never knew that the placements of dolls are different based on where you live. My mom is from Tokyo so that's probably why the empress is on the right.
Don't worry, I managed to put away my dolls soon afterwards.
端午の節句 (Tango no Sekku / The classic Boys' Festival, currently called Children's Day) is approaching near, but I still display my hina-dolls. I suggested you to put them away, but I still proudly display them. lol Anyway, since I was not a boy, I don't remember celebrating anything particular on May 5th growing up. How about you, Asari-chan?
Here's an example of koinobori in Rikusentakada-shi. The city was severely damaged by the earthquake so hopefully the koinobori will offer hope for all children who are affected.Originally Posted by http://www.tokyotopia.com/kodomo-no-hi.html
Is my understanding correct that there is no girl's day ?
I'd like to celibrate coming of age day :]
Thanks for this thread guys! I have to do a project for school (my Japanese elective) about a festival and this list is so much better than Wikipedia :P
I remember the koinoboi! I used to love them :P
And a q: I can't remember this festival we used to have at my Japanese school when I was little where we threw popcorn-thingys at a demon (oni and then it ran away. What is it called?
You're welcome, murasakii23! June is a slow month for Japanese festivals and holidays, but please keep this thread updated.
@Asari, you beat me while I was afk lol
Moderator message by: AsariiHa ha, it's all right!
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