Japan Holidays – Details

In a previous post, I told you what were the holidays in Japan. Today, I’m going to explain about each one!

Celebration Date
Establishment Date
New Year’s Day January 1st 1948 As in other countries, in this day, the new year is celebrated.
Coming of Age Day Second Monday of January 1948 In this day, there are a lot of ceremonies hold to congratulate and encourage people who have reach the age of maturity (20).
Foundation Day February 11th 1966 This is a day to reflect the establishment of the nation and to nourish the love for the country. It is said to be the day that Emperor Jimmu acceded to the throne in 660 BC.
Vernal Equinox Day March 20th/21st 1948 Day for the admiration of Nature and the love for living things.
Showa Day April 29th 2007 Day to reflect on the events of the Showa period. It was originally the birthday of the previous Emperor Showa. It marks the start of the Golden Week holiday period.
Constitution Memorial Day May 3rd 1948 This holiday was established to commemorate the day on which Japan’s postwar constitution took effect.
Greenery Day May 4th 2007 Day to commune with Nature and to be grateful for its blessings.
Children’s Day May 5th 1948 Day to esteem the personalities of children and pray for their happiness. This day marks the end of the Golden Week holiday period.
Marine Day Third Monday of July 1995 Day of gratitude for the blessings of the oceans and to pray for the prosperity of the maritime nation that is Japan.
Respect-for-the-Aged Day Third Monday of September 1966 Day to respect the elderly and celebrate long life.
Autumn Equinox Day September 22nd/23rd 1948 Day to honor one’s ancestors and remember the dead.
Health and Sports Day Second Monday of October 1966 Day to enjoy sports and cultivate a healthy mind and body. It was originally the day to celebrate the opening ceremony of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
Culture Day November 3rd 1948 Day to celebrate peace, freedom and celebrate culture. It was originally the birthday of Emperor Meiji.
Labour Thanksgiving Day November 23rd 1948 In this day, people praise labor, celebrate production and give one another thanks.
The Emperor’s Birthday December 23rd 1868 Emperor Akihito (reigning Emperor) birthday.

Some of these holidays’ dates have changed before. The “establishment date” which I wrote corresponds to the first time that day was created, whenever it was.

You must have noticed that there are four movable holidays, which are all in Mondays. This is part of a set of modifications to Japanese law, which is called Happy Monday System. Its goal is to create a three-day weekend for those who normally have a five-day work week.

Remember the question I made you in the previous post about Japan holidays? Have you found the name of the holiday period around May? That’s right! It’s written above! Golden Week! It really feels golden to have a full holiday week in Japan ^_______^

P.S.: Happy 12/12/12 day!

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