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Holidays and Festivals in Japan

January
 
1st: New Year's day (Gantan)
2nd Monday: Coming of Age Day (Seijin no Hi), Celebrates the ones who become 20 years old as a new adult.
 
February
 
11th: National Foundation Day (Kenkobu Kinenbi)
 
Festival
3rd: Throwing Bean Festival (Setsubun), Japanese tradition to scare away evil spirits.
14th: Valentine's Day (Barentain Dei), Typical for japanese women to present chocolates to the men on this day.
 
March
 
21st: Spring Equinox Day (Shunbun no Hi)
 
Festival
3rd: Japanese Girl's Day (Hina Matsuri)
14th: White Day (Howaito Dei), THe men present women with candies.
*School year ends in March.
 
April
 
 
29th: Greenery Day (Midori no Hi), Former Emperor Showa's(Japanese way to count years) birthday, when the ''Golden Week'' begins (one week holiday).
*School year begins this month.
 
May
 
3rd: Constitution memorial Day (Kenpo Kinenbi)
4th: Citizen's Holiday (Kokumin no Kyujitsu)
5th: Children's Day (Kodomo no Hi), Festival to celebrate only for the boys.
 
June
 
No holidays
*Rainy sason.
*Wedding season.
 
July
 
20th: Ocean Day: (Umi no Hi)
 
Festival
7th: Star festival (Tanabata)
 
August
 
No holiday
 
Festival
13th - 16th: Bon Festival, Tradition to honor ancestors, usually the summer vacation is during this time.
 
September
 
15th: Respect for the Aged Day: (Keirou no Hi)
23rd: Autumn Equinox Day: (Shubun no Hi)
 
October
 
2nd Monday: Sports Day (Taiiku no Hi)
*Fall Foliage Season.
 
November
 
3rd: Culture Day: (Bunka no Hi)
23rd: Labor Thanksgiving Day: (kinro Kansha no Hi)
 
Festival
15th: 7-5-3 Day (Shi-Go-San no Hi), Wish day for the healthy of boys at age of seven, age of five for both and three for the girls at shrines.
 
December
 
23rd: Emperor's Birthday: (Tennou Tanjoubi), the current Heisei(another different way to count the years in Japan this one starts after the counting of Showa ends) Emperor's birthday.
 
Not a holiday
*25th: Christmas.
*31st: New Year's Eve: (Oomisoka).
 
 

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