New Year – On-segatsu celebrated since 1948, it is celebrated As New Year in Japan can be found in the section to see the Festivals. After you pass the Christmas and new year festivities, noisy, cheerful, joyful and even a bit tedious, but tired of them pleasant. However, to turn immediately to the work hard. Therefore, the first working day of the new year in most institutions in Japan is rather a continuation of the holiday. Women and especially young girls often come in this day to work in kimono. On the production environment, of course, more strict, but almost everywhere in the Christmas mood persists for several days, until you fall off the pine branches that serve as a required component of Christmas decorations. In the evenings the restaurants, restaurants and cafes Packed with groups of colleagues, there is a cheerful exchange of new year experiences.
Since ancient times, the Christmas holidays ended the ceremonies with fire as the element of purification. In most parts of the temples lit bonfires, which burned Christmas decorations, old amulets. In Tokyo, this tradition was complemented by the colorful performances of fire brigades.
Very popular in Japan, the custom to celebrate all “first made” in the new year. This and the first products (Hatsune), and the first trade (hazouri), and the first purchase (Jacoby). Definitely held mass ceremonies “commencement letter” (cachedtime). Select moralizing phrase, write the new brushes. It is considered that the written texts have a magic power — it is important to believe! — what is written must come to pass, if it is embedded in the soul, if done conscientiously and well.
January 15 — Day of age
The festive mood is maintained until the second Monday of January, marking the first national holiday – coming of age Day (Seydzin-no hi). The second Monday of January and the second Monday of October since 2000 in Japan became known as “the happy Mondays”. The thing is, before coming of age Day and sports Day were celebrated on fixed dates, respectively January 15 and October 10. Naturally, the most festive day off fell to the middle of the week and turned into another “empty day”. Three weekends in a row allow you to fully utilize your free time. Therefore, in October 1998 a law was passed by which with 2000, the two holidays were moved from the fixed dates on “happy Mondays”.
In the Day of age of all young men and women who in the past year 20 years old, congratulations on becoming full-fledged citizens of the country, for example, became eligible to participate in the elections. This holiday is celebrated since ancient times. The young men on this day, allowed to wear adult clothes cut and do hair adult men. With the adoption after the war of the current democratic Constitution, women were given equal rights with men and girls together with young men involved in the ceremonies of the Day of age that are necessarily conducted in all 3250 cities, towns and villages of the country. Young people are awarded gifts, congratulation notes, what was noteworthy for the past year.
April 29 — greenery Day
Until 1988, April 29 was celebrated as the birthday of Emperor Hirohito. After his death, the celebration of this day has kept, under the name of Greenery Day. At the same time was established a new holiday – the birthday of the well of Emperor Akihito – December 23.
As you know, holiday in Japan is very short, even in large corporations, they are only 10-12 days. This reflects the desire of the Japanese to pay for, for a long time from the collective. In fact, the Japanese have three short vacations a year, and they spend them almost everything at one time. Biggest common holiday “Golden week” lasts from April 29 to may 5, accounting 4 national holiday: April 29 – greenery Day (until 1989 it was the birthday of Emperor Hirohito, and after his death, left this day as a national holiday, invented for him a special title); may 3 – Constitution Day (celebrated since 1948 as the anniversary of the current Constitution, which entered into force on 3 may 1947); may 4 – Rest Day (established since 1988 to “Golden week” was better); 5 may – Children’s Day (established in 1948, but traditionally have been noted earlier – as the Feast of irises). In this week’s business life in the country and almost dies. Upstairs