Culture notes

Holidays and Annual Events,  さいじつ、きゅうじつ、ぎょうじ

January
1-3 New Year’s Day おしょうがつ
3rd school term beginning さんがっきのはじまり
2nd Monday Coming of Age Day せいじんのひ

February
2-4 Goblin chasing festivalせつぶん
11 National Foundation Dayけんこくきねんび

March
3 Doll Festivalひなまつり
Graduation Ceremonyそつぎょうしき
21 Spring Equinox しゅんぶんのひ
Cherry blossom viewing はなみ

April
Entrance Ceremonyにゅうがくしき
29 Showa Dayしょうわのひ

May
1 May Dayメーデ
3 Constitution Memorial Dayけんぽうきねんび
4 Greenery Day みどりのひ
5 Children’s Dayこどものひ
2nd Sunday Mother’s Dayははの ひ

June
Rainy Season begins つゆ

July
7 Star Festivalたなばた
3rd Monday Ocean Dayうみのひ
Summer vacation startsなつやすみのはじまり

August
6 Atomic Bomb Memorial Dayげんばくきねんび
Ancestors’ Memorial Day おぼん

September
Second school term beginningにがっきのはじまり
Full Moon Viewingつきみ
3rd Monday Respect for the Aged Dayけいろうのひ
23 Autumn Equinoxしゅうぶんのひ

October
2nd Monday Sports Dayたいいくのひ

November
3 Culture Day ぶんかのひ
15 7-5-3 years-old Celebrationしちごさん
23 Labor Thanksgiving Day きんろうかんしゃのひ

December
23 Emperor’s Birthdayてんのうたんじょうび
25 Christmasクリスマス
31 New Year’s Eve おおみそか

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