Holidays and weekend in Japan
Any holiday in the country called Matsuri. Every city has its own festivals, which are held only in the area. In Tokyo for the New Year is a colorful new year’s parade.
In February in Japan is widely celebrated a new holiday-Valentine’s Day and the Festival of lanterns in the Kasuga Shrine in Nara, Mantaro Matsuri. In Sapporo Snow festival is held, also young tradition. In may, Nikko is a Big festival at the toshogu Shrine.
The most ancient holiday in Japan – Asmacure. For 1,200 years it has not changed. Each year the festival takes place on may 15 in Japan’s ancient capital Kyoto. By this time it flies Sakura flowers blossom and marshmallow. Asmacure and is translated “holiday Althea”. Today marshmallow in nature to meet not easy, so he recently replaced the more common bagryancem. He’s the same as marshmallow, similar to hearts leaves.
Holiday Althea – the same age as Kyoto. At the end of the eighth century the construction of the new capital was accompanied by great disasters: the public Treasury was empty, she died beloved wife of the Emperor, fell sick, the crown Prince. And then there’s the sky brought down to earth streams of water, which has overflowed the banks of the river Cape. To appease the ancestress of the Imperial family and the sun goddess Amaterasu, the Emperor held a March. Whether in the sky no more water, or Amaterasu liked the holiday, but the rain stopped. Kyoto began to thrive. Since then, the main figure of the parade was the person who represents Amaterasu. In the morning the palanquin of the goddess carried out of the Imperial Palace. A procession of 500 people going to the temple Samagama, and from there to the temple of Kamisama. Both temples have to defend the city from all sorts of misfortunes.
Judging by the fact that today Kyoto turned into an ultramodern metropolis, the churches perform their functions properly. The path from one temple to another passes through the Central part of the city. May 15, motor traffic is stopped, and the streets are given at the disposal of pilgrims and tourists. Look at the marshmallow festival in Kyoto come annually about 100 thousand people from the most remote corners of Japan.
The holidays and festivals that are held in our day in Japanese temples and shrines, as a rule, the big story. These holidays are for the Japanese, on the one hand, the reason for fun and relaxation, and on the other – make them not to forget that yesterday was a reality for their fathers and grandfathers, and now gradually is becoming a history.
The Japanese not only holidays, but also know how to organize them and have fun. No country in the world can compare with Japan in the number of public holidays per year in Japan 15. Traditional celebrations and festivals to count simply cannot. Any holiday in Japan called “Matsuri”. In each Prefecture, each city has its own traditional festivals that are unique to this area and a specific time of the year. But there is also a “Matsuri”, which is a big way are celebrated throughout the country. There are holidays, leaving their roots in Japanese Buddhism, or the traditions of Shinto, the national religion. In addition, there are the festivals, which has become a tradition relatively recently. For example, the Snow Festival in Sapporo.
January 1 – New year
January 6 – new year’s parade in Tokyo
January 7 – Usacoe (figures bullfinches)
The second Monday of January-coming of age Day
February 3 – Festival of lights
The beginning of February – Snow festival, Sapporo
8 April – a holiday dedicated to the birthday of the Buddha.
14-15 April – Takayama Matsuri, Takayama
3 and 4 May – Dontaku Hakata, Fukuoka Prefecture
May 3 – Constitution Day
May 4 – national holiday
7 night July – the Festival of stars.