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Special days, festivities and celebrations in Japan.
Calendar of special days and celebrations in Japan:1
|1月1日||New Year's Day|
|2nd Monday of January||Coming of Age Day|
|2月11日||National Foundation Day|
|3月3日||Hinamatsuri (Doll's Day or Girls' Day)|
|3月20日～||Vernal Equinox Day|
|4月29日||Shōwa Day (Shōwa Era Emperor Birthday)|
|5月3日||Constitution Memorial Day|
|5月4日||Greenery Day (Nature day)|
|Early May||Golden Week|
|3rd Monday of July||Marine Day|
|7月7日 or 8月7日||Tanabata (Star Festival)|
|7月15日||Obon (Festival of the Dead)|
|3rd Monday of September||Respect for the Aged Day|
|9月23日～||Autumnal Equinox Day|
|2nd Monday of October||Health and Sports Day|
|11月23日||Labor Thanksgiving Day|
|12月23日||The Emperor's Birthday|
|12月31日||Oomisoka (New Year's Eve)|
|12月31日 at midnight||Joya-no-kane (New Year bells)|
Dates are expressed in Japanese format: month月day日 ↩
Children's day is a day to celebrate the happiness of all children and their healthy growth.
May 5th is Children's day, also called (boys festival). During this day, people celebrate the happiness of all children and their healthy growth. It is a National Holiday since 1948.
Families with boys often display a helmet replica or samurai dolls at home and fly carp streamers outside.
Tradicional foods during this day are (a rice dumpling wrapped in bamboo leaves) and (rice cakes wrapped in an oak leaf with sweet adzuki beans inside).
In Japan, Children's day is celebrated twice a year. (hina matsuri) on March 3rd for the girls and (kodomonohi) on May 5th for the boys.