Japan Calendar 2013
Japan’s holidays are centered not just around mindless celebrations, but more on making the Japanese all-rounded individuals, as seen in the list below.
New Year’s Day – The Japanese, despite their strict adherence to tradition and their own language, have to bend to international decorum when it comes to observing New Year’s Day, which is as important to Japanese trade as it is to its culture.
Tuesday, January 1 2013
Seijin no Hi
Coming of Age Day – Perhaps there is no other culture in the world where 20-year-olds celebrate their birthdays twice. In Japan, the ‘coming of age’ tradition was started in 1948 to encourage people who have reached the age of maturity to celebrate it along with other people who have reached 20 years old that year. Today, this celebration in the Japan calendar 2013 is held in all of Japan’s town and cities where people who have ‘come of age’ are honored for a day.
Monday, 14 January 2013
Kenkoku Kinen no Hi
National Foundation Day – Leave it to the Japanese to nurture a strong sense of nationalism to their motherland, despite all that they have gone through after the Second World War. The National Foundation Day is intended to ingrain love of country among young and rekindle the flame of patriotism among the old.
Monday, 11 February 2013
Shunbun no Hi
Vernal Equinox Day – In other parts of the world, the coming of spring is just a workaday observance, but nonetheless a working holiday for most. In Japan, the tradition of imperial ancestor worship coincided with the greening of the earth. Today, this tradition is meant to inculcate love of nature and all living things to Japanese children, and to give people busy at work time off to enjoy the outdoors.
Wednesday, 20 March 2013.
Shōwa no Hi
Showa Day – This day in the Japan calendar 2013 memorializes the reign of Emperor Hirohito, a period that lasted from 1926 until his death in 1989 and known as the Showa, or ‘peace and enlightened” period – a time that marked foreign occupation of Japan and the country’s rise as an economic powerhouse after the devastation of World War II.
Monday, 29 April 2013
Constitution Memorial Day – Launched in 1948, this day celebrates Japan’s postwar constitution.
Friday, 3 May 2013
Midori no Hi
Greenery Day – This is the Japanese equivalent of America’s Arbor Day, a day not just to plant trees, but more important, to experience and be one with nature. The Japanese are lucky because this day is a non-working national holiday.
Saturday, 4 May 2013
Kodomo no Hi
Children’s Day – Universally, children have inalienable rights. But in poor countries, these rights are often privileges. Not in Japan. In 1948, when restoration after the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombing was in the works, children were included in planning for nation-building. Their utmost well-being and happiness are thus celebrated on this day.
Sunday, 5 May 2013
Umi no Hi
Marine Day – The Japanese truly understand the value of nature in the cycle of life. And respect for the ocean is one of the pillars of that respect for life. This day celebrates the seas and the bounties that it offers to a maritime country such as Japan.
Monday, 15 July 2013
Bon Festival – This is the Japanese version of the Chinese ‘Hungry Ghost Festival’ when the spirits of the dead roam among the living. To appease them, they are reserved a seat in a performance or a banquet, and lights are floated in rivers and lakes to guide them back to the underworld.
Monday, 15 July 2013
Keirō no Hi
Respect for the Aged Day – Okinawa, a region in Japan, is known as a blue zone for its population of centenarians. This day aims to celebrate the seniors among the citizens and to celebrate long life.
Monday, September 16 2013
Shūbun no Hi
Autumnal Equinox – This is the day in the Japan calendar 2013 when the departed are remembered and the ancestors are worshipped, particularly those of the imperial family.
Monday, September 23
Taiiku no Hi
Health and Sports Day – The Japanese celebrate sports, healthy living and active lifestyle on this day.
Monday, 14 October 2013
Bunka no Hi
Culture Day – After the destruction of World War II, peace and freedom were such rate commodities that the Japanese value them to this day. This is also a day to celebrate their unique heritage and culture and to remind them that despite their headlong embrace of Westernization, they are still bound by their filial roots to the land.
Monday, 3 November 2013
Kinrō Kansha no Hi
Labor Thanksgiving Day – This used to be Imperial Harvest Day, but is now considered celebration of all forms of work not just in the farms but also blue collar and hard labor
Saturday, 23 November 2013
Emperor’s Birthday – This tradition started way back in 1868, during the reign of Emperor Hirohito’s father. This day marks the celebration of the reigning emperor’s birthday. Emperor Akihito was born on December 23, 1933.
Monday, 23 December 2013
Bank Holiday – Banks close their books before the fiscal year ends and prepare to start a new one.
Tuesday, 31 December 2013
Have a Happy Japan Holiday in 2013.!
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