Can you tell me about the different Japanese national holidays, and other special days during the year?

Japanese public Holidays



Who doesn't love Public Holidays, especially those Japanese salarymen who have to work so hard all the time. It's a nice break for family to have an outing and dining when they couldn't be together so often. The most important Japanese holiday are as follows. Normally people are avoiding travel too far during the Public Holidays especially Obon time and Golden week which there are four holiday consecutively on 29t of April, 4th, 5th and 6th of May. But it's definitely fun to watch some of those festivals like the Coming of Age Day on 14th of Jan, we can see many young girls who just turned 20 years old wearing beautiful Kimonos.

1. 01 Jan 2013
Tuesday 元日 Ganjitsu
New Year's Day

2. 14 Jan 2013
Monday 成人の日 Seijin no Hi
Coming of Age Day

3. 11 Feb 2013
Monday 建国記念の日 Kenkoku Kinen no Hi
Foundation Day

4. 20 Mar 2013
Wednesday 春分の日 Shunbun no Hi
Vernal Equinox Day

5. 29 Apr 2013
Monday 昭和の日 Shōwa no Hi
Shōwa Day

6. 03 May 2013
Friday 憲法記念日 Kenpō Kinenbi
Constitution Memorial Day

7. 04 May 2013
Saturday みどりの日 Midori no Hi
Greenery Day

8. 06 May 2013
Monday こどもの日 Kodomo no Hi
Children's Day
Note: Holiday in lieu of 5 May 2013

9. 15 Jul 2013
Monday 海の日 Umi no Hi
Marine Day

10. 16 Sep 2013
Monday 敬老の日 Keirō no Hi
Respect-for-the-Aged Day

11. 23 Sep 2013
Monday 秋分の日 Shūbun no Hi
Autumnal Equinox Day

12. 14 Oct 2013
Monday 体育の日 Taiiku no Hi
Health and Sports Day

13. 04 Nov 2013
Monday 文化の日 Bunka no Hi
Culture Day
Note: Holiday in lieu of 3 Nov 2013

14. 23 Nov 2013
Saturday 勤労感謝の日 Kinrō Kansha no Hi
Labour Thanksgiving Day

15. 23 Dec 2013
Monday 天皇誕生日 Tennō Tanjōbi
The Emperor's Birthday

by JennyS

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