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
Respect for elders
Age and social position are of great importance. It is believed that the younger one standing or lower social position are required to follow the senior wishes without objection. Therefore, in Korea, people often ask the age, marital status of a person in order to determine their position in relation to that person. These questions are asked not out of idle curiosity. However, you may not answer them if you don’t want.
The most common Korean surnames are: Kim (21% of all Koreans), Lee (14%), Park (8%), Choi (or choe), Jeong, Jang, Han, lim, etc. a Korean name consists of a surname mostly of one syllable, and as such, the name usually of two syllables. The last name comes first. Women in Korea do not take the husband’s surname after marriage, but their children carry their father’s name.
In Korea marriage is traditionally considered the most important event in life, and divorce is a disgrace – not only for former spouses, but also for their families. Despite this, the rate of divorce is rising sharply in recent times. Modern wedding ceremony is somewhat different from traditional. First arranged the ceremony in the Western style in the Palace of marriage or in the Church. On it the bride and groom are clothed Continue reading