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Golden Week

The Golden Week, which occurs every year from the end of April to the beginning of May, is a collection of four national holidays in Japan. Started in 1948, Golden Week is one of the longest holiday seasons in the country.

Here are the four holidays that make up Golden Week

Showa Day

Showa Day, or Showa no hi, is a Japanese annual Memorial Day held on April 29. It is a public holiday and honors the birthday of Emperor Hirohito.

It is a day for remembering the Showa Era (1926 to 1989), when the Japanese people worked hard to rebuild the country, and for wishing for a bright future.

Constitution Day

On May 3, Kenpo Kinenbi, also known as Constitution Day, is observed in remembrance of the passage of the Japanese constitution in 1947, the new fundamental law for post-World War II Japan.

The day is used to remember Japan’s history and to learn more about the government.

Greenery Day

Greenery Day, also known as Midori no hi, honored on May 4. It was established for Emperor Showa’s love for nature. It is celebrated as a day to appreciate nature and be grateful for its blessings.

Trees are planted in certain areas to honor nature. Parks and gardens all around Japan often hold events to celebrate everything green.

Children’s Day

Finally, Kodomo no hi, or Children’s Day, is one of Japan’s most celebrated national holidays. This was done to lift the spirits of the Japanese people. The celebration, which happens on May 5, is likewise an event for kids to thank and regard guardians, family members and instructors.

Towns and families often hang carp streamers outdoors to represent the presence of young men within and to wish them strength and success in life.

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