Festivals of Japan
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In Japan it is very easy to celebrate the holidays.
Because you always know when to celebrate, how to celebrate, what to celebrate and someone to celebrate.
Japanese official calendar has 15 events a year. These days are referred to as sukumizu . that just means “holiday”, and to celebrate they installed the “Law on national holidays”. In the days sukumizu most Japanese could certainly use his legal right to stay.
But the Japanese, who love recreation, fun and hearty feast, could not do just legalized government national holidays.
The Japanese have even Matsuri .
Matsuri is a celebration of the wider sense of the word. This festive procession, and fireworks, and traditional dances and chants, which usually involved a large number of participants and many more spectators. Throughout the year there are many festivals, among which the most favorite one is the Japanese festival of Tanabata love .
Below is a list of the main public and some typical Japanese festivals. The list is constantly updated.
Festive procession in honor of the God Ebisu trade (November, Kyoto).
In each Prefecture, every town and even village has its own traditional festivals-Matsuri inherent Continue reading
One of the most exciting holidays in Japan – Bon. He came to the country in the mid-seventh century together with Buddhism, and was originally observed only by the aristocracy. Then, as the spread of Buddhism, became popular among other segments of the population. Bon successfully combined with traditional Japanese beliefs about the return of the spirits of their ancestors and reunite them with the living. Gradually, the holiday lost its purely religious significance and, like many holidays, has become secular.
During the festival, friends exchange gifts, Japanese workers are often given on the last day of the holiday weekend, and many times their release to the pore, to visit their homes and mingle with the spirits of their ancestors and living relatives. On these same days, as the New year, workers and employees are paid bonuses (bonuses in Japan traditionally pay two times a year).
Despite the fact that Bon – all souls ‘ day, is celebrated this festival is a fun, colorful, noisy. It involves a lot of rituals, ceremonies, rituals. And while the details of holding vary depending on the venue, the General features are the same everywhere.
On the eve of the house are thoroughly cleaned. Enjoy a special treat. Before a home altar (similar to a small niche, must-have Continue reading
If on a clear August night to look at the sky, you can see the milky way – the Great Celestial river. She always crossed the plain of High Heaven. There was a time when around Heavenly Palace was surrounded by a beautiful garden. On one side gathered the trees that one could enjoy spring: pathogenicity pine, plum, cherry, Wisteria, kerria, Azalea… With another cool beat the keys, promising protection from summer heat, growing black bamboo, which under the leaves was concealed the fresh breeze. Immediately grew oranges, pinks, roses, gentian, and the wattle bloomed unohana. A third party was decorated with Chinese bamboo and pine, are particularly good in the winter under the snow. Could be seen near the hedge of chrysanthemums, that was something to go with morning frost in the first frosty days. The fourth part of the garden took trees, famous for especially deep hues of autumn foliage.
The feast of our yard “Matsuri” – Tokyo
Summer in Japan is the season of fireworks and festivals – Matsuri. On-Matsuri, meaning, rather, “festivities”, and hold them in each district, each area at different times. Where we live three quarters of jointly arrange such a holiday for over thirty years in the last weekend of July. Prepared in advance, the organizers of the famous committees of self-government that exist Continue reading