Spring in Japan Holidays
And it starts with the fact that Japan formally ends the winter. Formally, because in the cold, February 3, the country celebrated the Setsubun festival. the end of winter according to the lunar calendar. Only the inquiring mind will discover in this cold day in Japan, the signs of spring. But nevertheless on this day, according to tradition, whose roots are lost in antiquity, it is customary to buy roasted beans and throw them home, saying: “They WA Soto, fuku WA uchi!” — “Devils out, happiness in!” The same ceremonies are held in temples with great concourse of people; it is believed that whoever catches keep spilling the beans, be sure to catch it soon and good luck. According to ancient legend, 3rd February, each person must eat as many soybeans as their age. However, now children just before the February spring festival often eat are not real beans, and candy in the form of beans. considered to be worse than their “ancestors” are used to protect against every kind of evil. The second wave long-awaited but unseen until spring rolls in Japan with the blooming ume — plums, which the trees in the Tokyo area bloom by mid-February, despite the continuing cold and snow lying everywhere:
And here is the first real spring day: it’s a girls holiday or festival of dolls hinamatsuri, celebrated on 3 March. On this day, little Japanese girls put on a colorful stand dressed in traditional kimono dolls that represent the Emperor and Empress, courtiers, servants, musicians, ceremonial toy wagons, etc. Girls, also dressed in fancy kimonos, admiring the puppets they will see again only after a year, eat a festive diamond hishimochi the cookies, and festive adult drink white sake. The latter have to be postponed for tonight: March 3 in Japan is a normal working day. Japan is one of the few countries in the world where the holiday and the weekend days are the spring and autumn equinoxes. They are reserved for remembrance of ancestors and mourning ceremonies. Many Japanese holidays and festivals are associated with the flowering of certain plants. World fame was the custom of admiring flowers blossoms — Hanami. In Central Japan Sakura blooms in late March — early April, and at its peak of flowering and in the afternoon and evening you can see a lot of Japanese people, sitting under the blossoming trees with friends and colleagues. The influx of visitors to popular places for Hanami is so great that many companies are dispatched in the morning young employees who take up space for the rest.
But it also happens that employees of Japanese companies do not have time to pay proper attention to the beauties of nature, 31 March in the country’s financial year ends, and because the end of this month — heavy office work, not only the period of cherry blossom, but making annual reports.
And April 1, the streets of Japanese cities are not only decorated with flowering trees, but the queue of freshly baked University graduates: at the end of March to end not only financial, but also academic year, and on the first day of the next month the Japanese company begin hiring new employees.
It just so happened that at the end of April — beginning of may has three holidays (and weekends) the day that the Japanese joined the title Golden Week — Golden week. Golden week is a sort of all Japan vacations, traveling around the country and abroad, the crowds at train stations and high tourist activity companies.
Key points of this week — April 29, greenery Day is celebrated when (before — birthday of Emperor Showa, the father of the monarch nowadays well), and on may 3, the day the Constitution of Japan.
In Japan may 5 is also the day off — the whole country celebrates children’s Day (kodomo no hi), formerly known as boys Day. In families where there are sons, on the eve of this special day raised on the flagpole waving in the wind fabric carp (Koinobori). Carp in Japan is a symbol of courage and strength. Sailing against the tide, he boldly overcomes the whirlpools and rapids. Boys should follow the example of Karpov and courage to withstand the difficulties and hardships of life.
As in girls ‘Day, boys’ Day in many homes put up specially decorated dais with toys, but now it is, of course, toys for boys: the ancient samurai armour, large battle drums, fans — the constant attribute of the traditional men’s formal suit, the same images Karpov. Shortly before the holiday be on sale temaki — cone-shaped rice balls wrapped in leaves of low-growing Japanese bamboo, which gives a simple, in General, to treat a unique flavor. Since ancient times it is believed that Tamaki avert evil spirits and preserve children’s health.