festivals

Sakura and the festival of flowers.

Sakura and the festival of flowers.

Spring holidays in Japan are traditional events that attract tourists from the most remote corners of the planet!
In the culture of the land of the Rising Sun, there are traditional, state and local holidays that are held in certain regions of Japan.
The first spring holiday – “Girls’ Day ” is celebrated on March 3.
Young Japanese women decorate the house with cherry, peach and mandarin flowers, as well as prepare family rarities — old dolls in historical costumes that are passed down from generation to generation.
The holiday of dolls in Japan.
This custom originated in the early 18th century, when at the birth of the heiress, she was presented with several expensive dolls, and over time, each family acquired its own collection of toys, which is usually placed on shelves or special racks.
In addition to the exhibition of dolls, on this day Japanese girls dressed up in traditional kimonos receive souvenirs and go to visit their friends.
The holiday ends with an excursion to the blooming peach garden and a home feast, where the Japanese taste a variety of dishes, washing them down with Sake.
On March 14, the Japanese celebrate ” White Day “(analogous to March 8)!
On this spring holiday, representatives of the beautiful half of humanity are given flowers and confess their tender feelings!
On March 14, the Japanese celebrate “White Day”
According to tradition, the cost of a “female” gift should be three times higher than the price of a souvenir, which Japanese women present to their beloved on February 14 (analogous to February 23 in Russia).
The gentlemen strictly fulfill this obligation, showering the second half with generous gifts in the form of sweets, jewelry and luxurious underwear.
On March 15, a regional holiday dedicated to the Shinto goddess of fertility is held in the Japanese province of Aichi.
Residents of the city of Komaki in a snow-white kimono participate in a costume parade with a portable altar in the form of a giant phallus, symbolizing male strength.
Komaki holiday in Japan.
According to the beliefs of the Japanese, the phallus loses its magical properties during the year, so the bulky construction of cypress is made anew for each holiday.
March 20 is the “Day of the Vernal Equinox” – a public holiday that embodies spring, love and admiration for nature.
It was born in 806, and every year on this date, the Japanese perform various rituals and visit the city cemeteries, paying tribute to their deceased ancestors.
“The day of the vernal Equinox” in Japan.
At the end of the day, Japanese families participate in a family feast with vegetarian dishes.
On March 25, a cultural and mass admiring of cherry blossoms is held in Japan, which lasts about two weeks.
Sakura Festival in Japan.
City parks and gardens with cherry blossoms are being prepared for visitors — the trees are decorated with lanterns and illuminated at night.
Picnics are arranged in these green areas, and Japanese people walk through the parks, enjoying the Cherry blossom and confessing their tender feelings to each other.
April 8 — “Flower Festival” and the birthday of the Buddha.
April 8 — “Flower Festival” and the birthday of the Buddha.
Japanese shrines are decorated with flowers, Ikebana exhibitions are held, and visitors are treated to a ritual drink made of hydrangea petals.
“Emperor Seva Day” (April 29) is the first day of the” golden week “(analogous to the” May ” holidays).
During the” golden week”, residents of the land of the Rising Sun visit historical museums, the luxurious imperial palace or go on a trip.
“Emperor Seva Day” (April 29)
May 3 is an official holiday in Japan — the Day of the Constitution, created in 1947, and on May 4 comes the “Day of Greenery”, dedicated to outdoor recreation.
On May 5, the Japanese celebrate two festive events at once: “Children’s Day “(Boys ‘Day) and” Iris Holiday”, symbolizing the beginning of agricultural work.
Nature Day in Japan.
The streets of the city are decorated with images of carp, which according to ancient traditions are considered signs of courage and purposefulness, as well as protect the family from evil spirits.
Boys ‘ Day in Japan.
Japanese boys (up to 15 years old) get acquainted with the historical costumes of ancient warriors, participate in various rituals and a family feast, where there are many rice dishes.
On May 15, a parade with historical costumes, as well as traditional sports competitions in shooting and horse racing is held at the mallow Festival in Kyoto.