Japanese Annual Events 日本の年中ぎょうじ
おしょうがつ(oshoogatsu) • New Year’s Holiday • For the Japanese people the New Year’s holiday is the most important of all the annual celebrations.
せつぶん(setsubun) • Bean-Throwing Ceremony • The day before the beginning of spring (old Japanese calendar). Japanese people throw roasted soy beans to drive away ONI(bad luck).
ひなまつり(hinamatsuri) • Girl’s Day Festival • This festival is held to pray for the girl’s growth and happiness.
こどものひ(kodomonohi) • Children’s Day • (Tango no Sekku) • In olden times, this festival was held to pray for the boy’s growth, happiness, and success. • Now, all children are celebrated for their growth and happiness on this day.
たなばた（Tanabata） • Star Festival (Japanese and Chinese beliefs) • On July 7th, people write their wishes on the colored paper strips and attach them to the bamboo branches.
（お）ぼん (obon) • Bon Festival • (Buddhist event) • This festival is held from August 13th through 15th. • It is dedicated to the spirits of ancestors. • Also, around this time many places hold bon odori (Japanese folk dance).
しちごさん(shichi-go-san) • ( 7-5-3 Festival) • This celebration is for 3 and 5 year old boys and for 3 and 7 year old girls. • Parents take their sons and daughters to a shrine to pray for their health and growth. • Children receive special candy called “Chitose ame.”