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Japanese Festivals

  1. 1. Japanese festivals Traditional festive occasions in Japan By Daria
  2. 2. Matsuri ( 祭 ) <ul><li>It is a word for a festival or holiday in Japanese. Japanese festivals are mainly sponsored by a shrine or temple. Some of the festivals are secular. </li></ul>
  3. 3. New Year ( 正月 Shōgatsu) <ul><li>1-3 of January </li></ul><ul><li>the most important annual event </li></ul><ul><li>people decorate homes, families gather and visit temples or shrines </li></ul><ul><li>toshikoshisoba - soba noodles are eaten at midnight </li></ul><ul><li>at dawn on the 1st of January, the emperor offers prayers for the well-being of the nation </li></ul><ul><li>people exchange New Year's greeting cards </li></ul><ul><li>games are played to bring good luck </li></ul><ul><li>Koshōgatsu (Small New Year) starts around 15 January when people pray for a good harvest. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Doll Festival ( 雛祭り ) <ul><li>3 March </li></ul><ul><li>parents pray for the happiness of their girls </li></ul><ul><li>girls put on their best kimonos and visit their friends </li></ul><ul><li>hishimochi (diamond-shaped rice cakes) and shirozake (rice malt with sake) are eaten </li></ul>
  5. 5. Hanami ( 花見 ) <ul><li>flower festivals are held at Shinto shrines in April </li></ul><ul><li>flower viewing parties are held </li></ul><ul><li>people go on excursions and picnics to enjoy flowers, especially cherry blossoms </li></ul>
  6. 6. Boy's Day ( 子供の日 Kodomo no hi ) <ul><li>5 May </li></ul><ul><li>Iris is connected with this festival as a symbol of martial spirit given to boys </li></ul><ul><li>families with male children fly koinobori (carp streamers) and display warrior dolls </li></ul><ul><li>chimaki and kashiwamochi (special rice cakes) are eaten </li></ul>
  7. 7. Tanabata ( 七夕 ) <ul><li>7 July </li></ul><ul><li>Tanabata was a maiden from a Japanese legend making clothes for gods </li></ul><ul><li>wishes are written on narrow paper strips and hang on bamboo branches </li></ul>
  8. 8. Bon Festival ( 盆 bon ) <ul><li>13-15 August </li></ul><ul><li>people honour the spirits of ancestors, clean grave sites and prepare a path from them to the house </li></ul><ul><li>straw horses or oxen for the ancestors' are prepared </li></ul>
  9. 9. &quot;7-5-3&quot; Festival ( 七五三 Shichigosan) <ul><li>15 November </li></ul><ul><li>little boys and girls go to shrines to pray for safety and healthy future </li></ul><ul><li>children wear traditional clothes </li></ul><ul><li>people buy chitose-ame (thousand-year candy) at the shrine </li></ul>
  10. 10. Ōmisoka( 大晦日 Ōmisoka ) <ul><li>31 December </li></ul><ul><li>people celebrate passing of the old year and the coming of the new year </li></ul><ul><li>people visit Buddhist temples where bells rung at midnight </li></ul><ul><li>zaru-soba (long noodles) are eaten to extend family fortunes like them </li></ul>
  11. 11. THE END ;)

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