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Festivals and Events in Japan

Japan is country that celebrates festivals with great fervour and rejoicing. Some of these festivals and events are listed below. Hina Matsuri or the Dolls Festival is celebrated in the month of March. On the day of the dolls festival, the hina -dan (stand) is covered with red cloth and beautifully decorated with peach blossoms, symbolic of happy marriages and epitomizing the feminine traits of gentility, poise and tranquility. Dolls representing the imperial couple and the royal entourage of ministers, dignitaries, court ladies and musicians are put on display and young girls serve special white sake, rice cakes and sushi.

Hana Matsuri is celebrated all over Japan in April and it commemorates the birth of the Buddha. When the child was born, flowers bloomed, birds sang and sweet rain fell from the heavens above. So this is a day when all of Japan celebrates by decking up the temples in flowers and taking part in processions. Coincidentally, the sakura (cherry) trees bloom at this very time, and so are given as offerings to adorn the nativity celebrations and ‘amacha’, sweet tea symbolic of the heavenly rain is poured over the baby Buddha by children.

Golden Week held between 29 April and 5 May is celebrated in a big way all over the country. At this time most shops and establishments are shut.


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