Holidays in Japan
Japan observes a variety of public holidays throughout the year, reflecting both its rich cultural heritage and modern influences. Here is a list of some of the major public holidays in Japan:
- New Year's Day (Shogatsu) - January 1st: Celebrated with traditional rituals, family gatherings, and visits to shrines and temples.
- Coming of Age Day (Seijin no Hi) - Second Monday in January: Honors young people who have turned 20 and officially become adults. Ceremonies and celebrations are held across the country.
- National Foundation Day (Kenkoku Kinen no Hi) - February 11th: Commemorates the foundation of Japan and the accession of its first emperor, Emperor Jimmu.
- Emperor's Birthday (Tenno Tanjobi) - February 23rd: Celebrates the birthday of the current Emperor of Japan. The day may change with each new emperor.
- Vernal Equinox Day (Shunbun no Hi) - Around March 20th or 21st: A day to honor nature and living things. It marks the arrival of spring.
- Showa Day (Showa no Hi) - April 29th: Celebrates the birthday of Emperor Showa (Hirohito) and reflects on the events of his era.
- Constitution Memorial Day (Kenpo Kinenbi) - May 3rd: Commemorates the promulgation of Japan's post-war constitution in 1947.
- Greenery Day (Midori no Hi) - May 4th: A day to appreciate nature and the environment, often spent outdoors.
- Children's Day (Kodomo no Hi) - May 5th: Celebrates children's health and happiness. Families display Koinobori (carp-shaped windsocks) and eat traditional sweets.
- Marine Day (Umi no Hi) - Third Monday in July: Honors the importance of the sea to Japan's culture and economy.
- Mountain Day (Yama no Hi) - August 11th: A day to appreciate Japan's mountains and engage in outdoor activities.
- Respect for the Aged Day (Keiro no Hi) - Third Monday in September: Celebrates and honors elderly citizens.
- Autumnal Equinox Day (Shubun no Hi) - Around September 22nd or 23rd: A day to honor nature and mark the arrival of autumn.
- Culture Day (Bunka no Hi) - November 3rd: Celebrates Japan's culture, arts, and academic endeavors. Awards and ceremonies are held.
- Labor Thanksgiving Day (Kinro Kansha no Hi) - November 23rd: Gives thanks for the year's harvest and celebrates labor and production.
Additionally, Japan also observes several other regional and local holidays, and the dates of some holidays may vary depending on the year. Japanese culture places a strong emphasis on tradition and respect for its historical and cultural heritage, and these holidays reflect those values.
Upcoming Holidays (next six months)
|New Year's Day||January 01||Monday||National Holiday|
|Coming of Age Day||January 08||Monday||National Holiday|
|National Foundation Day||February 11||Sunday||National Holiday|
|National Foundation Day (observed)||February 12||Monday||National Holiday|
|Emperor's Birthday||February 23||Friday||National Holiday|
|Vernal Equinox Day||March 20||Wednesday||National Holiday|
|Shōwa Day||April 29||Monday||National Holiday|
|Constitution Memorial Day||May 03||Friday||National Holiday|
|Greenery Day||May 04||Saturday||National Holiday|
|Children's Day||May 05||Sunday||National Holiday|
|Children's Day (observed)||May 06||Monday||National Holiday|