Friday, December 31, 2010

Holiday: Oshogatsu

The most important and elaborate holiday in Japan is Oshogatsu -- the celebration of the New Year. The holiday usually lasts for a week, beginning on December 28 and running through January 4.

Japan officially adopted a solar calendar in 1873 and the New Year starts on January 1, but in rural Japan villagers continue to follow the lunar calendar and Oshogatsu is the Lunar New Year.

Oshogatsu
Holiday Calendar
Origami Cranes Kit

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