A very interesting festival that I would like to introduce to you. That is Obon – Japanese festival dedicated to the deceased, the festival prays for the soul of Obon. It is also celebrated in July, similar to the Vu Lan festival. At this time, Japanese people will light lanterns hanging in front of the house so that the soul of the deceased can return to visit the house. This is also an opportunity for children and grandchildren to show their respect to their grandparents and ancestors. People here will put colorful cakes and fruits on the altar.
In addition, people also wear traditional Yukata costumes and organize singing and dancing with the traditional Bon Odori dance around a stage called Yakura. This is a meaningful festival with an unusually warm atmosphere. If I have a chance to go to Japan, I want to participate in this festival too.
Tanabata Matsuri Lễ Ceremony
Feast of Death is a common holiday in Asia, but Japanese festivals have its own characteristics. This festival celebrates the meeting of the two gods Hikoboshi (Niu Lang) and Orihime (Zhu Nu) and is held on July 7 every year. On that day, the streets were filled with paper decorations, lanterns, or wishes written on small paper hanging on bamboo branches to pray.
On this occasion, Japanese people often fold common paper shapes such as crane wings, kimono as a lucky gift for each other, prayer sheets in green, pink, yellow, white and black colors. The atmosphere of the festival is busy and exciting.
Oshogatsu – Japanese New Year’s Day
Every country has a New Year celebration in their own way and the Japanese are no exception. Tet day own country called Shogatsu. This is one of the traditional holidays of the country of cherry blossoms. This festival is held on the 1st to 3rd of the first month of the year.
In front of the house or company, people will place a small pine tree, which will welcome the god Toshigamisama, the god of prosperity and luck. On the tree there will be loops of white paper braided rope, symbolizing blessings and wishes. At New Year’s Eve, the bells from the temples ring 108 times to ward off 108 demons. If you have the opportunity to participate in this special Japanese holiday, you will enjoy familiar dishes such as rice cakes (mochi), fresh seafood sake.
Hanami Cherry Blossom Festival
Cherry blossoms are known as the symbol of this land of the rising sun, so in Japan there is a special and extremely interesting festival. That is Hanami cherry blossom festival. Hanami Cherry Blossom Festival It’s a very familiar name, isn’t it?
The festival takes place around March when cherry blossoms are in full bloom all over Japan. In Japanese, “hana” means flower, and “mi” means to watch, so during this festival the Japanese will take time to enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms typical of their country.
This is also an opportunity for them to gather, chat with each other, enjoy traditional dishes such as bento, sushi and drink Hanamizake wine under the scenery of cherry blossoms flying quickly in the wind.
Hina Matsuri – Doll Festival
Doll Festival It is also an important traditional festival of the people of Phu Tang country, which takes place every year on March 3. Since ancient times, dolls have acted as family treasures and are displayed solemnly in many places. most comfortable room.
The dolls will wear kimono clothes with different designs that look very impressive. This is also the time when cherry blossoms begin to bloom, symbolizing the gentleness and decency of Japanese women. Some of the main dishes on Doll’s Day are red bean rice, sake, and hishi mochi rice cakes.
Snow Festival in Sapporo, Hokkaido (first 7 days of February)
This is a Japanese festival enjoyed by trainees who have overcome the conditions of recruiting Japanese workers to come here to work, the largest snow festival in Japan with huge snow sculptures. Simulation of world famous architectural works and wonders.
In addition, you also have the opportunity to experience skiing, watch dog-sled sled competitions, freely play in the snow, …
Kodomo-no-hi – Carp Festival
On May 5 is the jubilant carp festival in the land of cherry blossoms with the aim of praying for the children in the family to always be healthy, peaceful and lucky.
If you book a cheap flight to Japan during the Japanese festival, you will be able to admire the carp lanterns everywhere. It is said that carp is an animal symbolizing energy, wisdom, courage and patience, so the Japanese hope their children will inherit those good qualities.
Shichi-go-san (The Day You Grow Up)
Among the fascinating and exciting holidays in Japan, there is a festival dedicated to children. That is Shichi-go-san is also known as “the day you grow up” is held for children aged 3, 5, 7 on November 15 every year. You will see boys and girls dressed up cutely in colorful Kimono traditional clothes, holding paper bags printed with turtles and cranes – symbolizing health and longevity.
The festival is said to have its origins in the Edo period when the general Tokugawa Iemitsu went to the shrine to pray for his son when he was 5 years old. Therefore, this festival marks the maturity of the children, as well as thanking the gods for always blessing the first years of life and blessing the children’s health later.