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Holiday Calendar for Japan

Holiday Calendar for Japan for 2024-2025 year
From January through December, there are many Japanese holidays and special occasions you can participate in. The following are Japanese national holidays and some of the most important other annual nationwide events. In addition, there are countless local annual festivals Help us Help us 

Overview of holidays and many observances in Japan during for 2024-2025 year

April 2024

Sunday 14 April - The first day of Takayama Spring Festival (Takayama, Gifu, Japan); Black Day (South Korea, Japan, Taiwan. An unofficial holiday celebrated annually by single people - unmarried or unmarried people)
Sunday 28 April - Restoration of Sovereignty Day in Japan (主権回復の日 Shuken kaifuku no hi - It marks the end of the American occupation of Japan on 28 April 1952)
Monday 29 April - Shōwa Day in Japan (昭和の日 is celebrated in Japan to commemorate the birth date of Emperor Showa or Hirohito, the emperor of pre and post-World war II)

May 2024

Saturday 4 May - Greenery Day in Japan (みどりの日 - Until 1988, April 29 was celebrated as the birthday of Emperor Showa. It was decided to keep this day a holiday even after his passing away in January 1989 and to name it Greenery Day because of the late Emperor's love of nature. In 2007, April 29 became Showa Day, and Greenery Day was moved to May 4)
Sunday 5 May - Children's Day in Japan and South Korea (Tango no sekku, also known as Ayame no hi )
Sunday 12 May - Mother’s Day (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bonaire, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Dem. Rep., Congo, Rep., Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Gabon, Gambia, Greenland, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Maarten, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe)
Wednesday 15 May - Buddha's Birthday (Buddhist festival - 灌仏会 - Matsuri, which is held in Japan. It is also referred to as Hana Matsuri, "Flower Festival"); Aoi Festival in Japan
Saturday 25 May - Japan Day in Düsseldorf (date for 2024. Celebrated on the last Saturday of May)
Monday 27 May - Navy Anniversary Day in Japan (海軍記念日, Kaigun Kinen'bi. It was in commemoration of the Battle of Tsushima - May 27–29, 1905); Dragon Quest Day

June 2024

Monday 10 June - Chronometer Day in Japan (according to legend, it was on this day in 671 that the chronometer first appeared in the palace of the Japanese emperor); Dragon Boat Festival or Duanwu Festival
Saturday 15 June - Sanno Festival in Japan (June 10-16th - every even-numbered year. Kanda Festival - mid-May - every odd-numbered year); National holiday in Japan (in honor of William Adams [1564-1620], also known as Anjin-sama - 三浦按針, was an English navigator, became a samurai. It is believed that he was the first Englishman to live in Japan)
Sunday 16 June - Father's Day (Ñelebrated on the third Sunday of June øò Argentina, Aruba, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Kenya, Japan, Macao, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Pakistan, Peru, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Venezuela, United Kingdom)
Sunday 23 June - Okinawa Memorial Day (慰霊の日 or Irei no Hi, lit. "the day to console the dead" - Okinawa Prefecture, Japan)

July 2024

Thursday 4 July - Japanese Pear Day (梨のこんにちは)
Sunday 7 July - Tanabata in Japan (たなばた or 七夕, meaning "Evening of the seventh")
Wednesday 10 July - Natto Day in Japan (Natto - Japanese food made from fermented soybeans)
Saturday 13 July - Bon Festival in Japan (celebrated until July 16 in western Japan)
Monday 15 July - Bon Festival (Kantō region, Japan); Marine Day or Ocean Day or Sea Day in Japan (is a Japanese national holiday celebrated on the third Monday in July)
Wednesday 17 July - Gion Matsuri in Kyoto, Japan (祇園祭 is one of the most famous festivals. It lasts all of July and ends with the Yamaboko Junkō parade on July 17 and 24. Initially, it was dedicated to fighting the plague in 869)
Tuesday 23 July - Letter Writing Day in Japan (The Letter Writing Day can be a bit confusing... as we found on numerous sites that this 'holiday' falls on 7th of December, then again on the official World Letter Writing Day page the date is 1st of September, and Japan issues LWD stamps each year, for over two decades now, on 23rd of July. In any case, its a nice way of reminding people of the existence of letters)

August 2024

Friday 9 August - Japan Hug Day; Nagasaki Memorial Day in Japan (Nagasaki Peace Park is a park located in Nagasaki, Japan, commemorating the atomic bombing of the city on August 9, 1945 during World War II)
Sunday 11 August - Mountain Day in Japan (山の日 - The legislation states that the holiday is to provide “opportunities to get familiar with mountains and appreciate blessings from mountains.”); Mushroom Day in Japan
Tuesday 13 August - Obon in the east in Japan (celebrated until August 15)
Thursday 15 August - Bon Festival or Awa Dance Festival in Japan (阿波踊り observances: Tokushima Prefecture); End-of-war Memorial Day in Japan (when the National Memorial Service for War Dead is held)

September 2024

Monday 16 September - Respect for the Aged Day (Japan, celebrated on the third Monday in September)
Wednesday 18 September - Island Language Day (Okinawa Prefecture, Japan)

October 2024

Wednesday 2 October - Mame shiba Day in Japan; KDDI Corporation Day (Asking ourselves if our motives are righteous or selfish); Tofu Day in Japan (Tofu No Hi)
Thursday 3 October - Fullmetal Alchemist Day (celebrated by manga and anime lovers)
Monday 7 October - Nagasaki Kunchi Festival (長崎くんち is a Shinto festival in honor of three kami: Suva, Sumiyoshi and Morizaki. The most famous national festival in Nagasaki, Japan)
Monday 14 October - Physical Education Day or Health and Sports Day or Taiku-no-hi in Japan (体育の日 is a public holiday and is celebrated since 2000 on the second Monday of October)

November 2024

Sunday 17 November - Shogi Day in Japan (将棋 is literally a “general’s chess game” celebrated in the tenth month of Kanazuki 神無月, the traditional Japanese calendar)

December 2024

Thursday 12 December - Japan Kanji Day (Kanji are Chinese characters used in modern Japanese writing along with hiragana, katakana, Arabic numerals, and romaji. On this day, the kanji of the year is chosen and announced at a special ceremony. It is selected by the Japan Kanji Professionals Society through the national ballot)
Sunday 15 December - World Otaku Day (a person who is passionate about something)

January 2025

Friday 3 January - Tamaseseri Festival (Hakozaki Shrine, Fukuoka, Japan)
Monday 13 January - Coming of Age Day or Seijin Shiki or 成人式 in Japan (celebrated on the second Monday of January)
Sunday 26 January - Bunkazai Boka Day in Japan ("Day of Fire Protection for Cultural Property". 1955)

February 2025

Tuesday 4 February - Rissun - Early Spring (Risshun - リッスン - New Year in Japan)
Monday 17 February - Hachinohe Enburi in Japan (is a traditional local dance festival where they welcome the arrival of spring and pray for a rich harvest in Aomori, Japan. みちのく五大雪まつり)
Tuesday 18 February - Dialect Day (Amami Islands, Japan)
Sunday 23 February - The Emperor's Birthday in Japan (birthday of Naruhito, the current Emperor of Japan)
Tuesday 25 February - Kitano Baika-sai or "Plum Blossom Festival" (Kitano Tenman-gū Shrine, Kyoto, Japan)

March 2025

Saturday 1 March - National Day of Struggle for Peace or Bikini Day in Japan; Omizu-tori in Japan (お水取り or “Getting Water” is a Buddhist festival that takes place in the Nigatsu-do Temple, which is part of the Todai-ji Temple, located in the city of Nara, celebrated from March 1-14)
Monday 10 March - Hote Matsuri (Shiogama, Japan)
Thursday 13 March - Kasuga Matsuri (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara, Japan)
Friday 14 March - White Day in Japan (also South Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and China on March 14, one month after Valentine's Day - ホワイトデ)
Saturday 15 March - Hōnen Matsuri in Japan (豊年祭, "Harvest Festival" is a fertility festival celebrated every year on March 15 in Japan. Hōnen means prosperous year in Japanese, implying a rich harvest, while a matsuri is a festival)
Friday 21 March - Vernal Equinox Day in Japan (it’s a public holiday, and a time for traditions and an appreciation of the world at large)
Saturday 22 March - Broadcasting Day in Japan (On March 22, 1925, Japan's first broadcaster took to the airwaves.)
Thursday 27 March - Sakura Blossom Holiday in Japan (Usually, the blooms burst into colour between March and early April)
Friday 28 March - Commemoration of Sen no Rikyū (Schools of Japanese tea ceremony)

April 2025

Tuesday 1 April - Miyako Odori in Japan (The Miyako Odori or 都をどり is one of Japan's best Geisha events. It features a large number of Maiko and several Geiko from the Gion district of Kyoto); Edible Book Day (The International Edible Book Festival)

Also about some Japanese Traditions

The Japanese are not in the habit of taking long periods of annual leave.
Public holidays in Japan (国民の祝日 kokumin no shukujitsu) were established by the Public Holiday Law (国民の祝日に関する法律 Kokumin no Shukujitsu ni Kansuru Hōritsu) of 1948.
A provision of the law establishes that when a national holiday falls on a Sunday, the next working day shall become a public holiday, known as furikae kyūjitsu (振替休日, literally "transfer holiday"). Additionally, any day that falls between two other national holidays shall also become a holiday, known as kokumin no kyūjitsu (国民の休日, literally "citizens’ holiday").
Although the word matsuri is always translated as ’festival’, some festivals and holidays are more correctly included in the nenchu gyoji or annual events originally observed by the Imperial court.
In addition to the annual holidays listed above, certain events of celebration or mourning related to the imperial family are also treated as national holidays in the year in which they occur.
In 2019, the Emperor is expected to abdicate on April 30, followed by the ascension to the throne of the new Emperor on May 1 and the enthronement ceremony on October 22. As a result, May 1 and October 22 are also expected to become national holidays.
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