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七五三 A religious activity takes place in November remembering to give thanks to the gods for many blessings such as; good health, well-being and growth. Also known as the seven three five festival, parents celebrates on the 15 of November in Japan, to mark the growth of their children as they turn three, five, and seven years old.
せいじんの日 Also “Coming of Age Day” the second Monday of January is Coming-of-Age Day, a national holiday to celebrate the coming of an “adult”. In Japan an adult is legally defined at the age of 20. At age 20 you are allowed to smoke and drink, but there are also responsibilities that come as well. 20 is a big turning point for the Japanese.
お正月 Japanese New Year It starts on January 1 はつぁがま or first tea ceremony of the year. The families do not go to work and just rest and celebrate with their family. They go to temple also to pray for a prosperous and healthy new year It is a way to send out the old year and welcome in the new year.
Women wear ほうもんぎ when paying a formal visit. つけさげ are for parties, tea ceremonies, flower arranging, and friend’s wedding.
Casual Wear こもん are covered entirely by small, subtle patters つむぎ with brighter, more prominent patters.
しろむく Traditional japanese wedding kimono’s are white symbolizing the purity and start of a journey.
おみやまいり At least 30 days after a child is born within a family, a ceremony is held for a new born which includes going to a shrine to celebrate the birth of the new child. Girls often wear bright red colored kimono’s to symbolize the addition of a new family member.
茶道 The Japanese tea ceremony also known as “chado” or way of the tea includes a very special kimono called Ikebana. Ikebana is made up of delicate patterns as well as faint colors.