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Japanese New Year (Shogatsu)

Wednesday, 01 Jan 2025 - Saturday, 04 Jan 2025
Japanese New Year (Shogatsu)
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Although celebrated on January 1 every year, Shogatsu, or the Japanese New Year, has its customs and traditions. Before the adoption of the Gregorian Calendar, the festival was celebrated as per the Japanese lunisolar calendar. The four-day-long festivities are considered as one of Japan's most significant ones and begin with the ringing of bells at Buddhist temples all across Japan on New Year's Eve. They also involve large family get-togethers, feasts involving a selection of dishes called osechi-ryōri and rice cakes, and sending postcards to loved ones. Adult relatives hand out money to children and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony is traditionally performed all over the country during these days. People also get to enjoy the final of the Emperor's Cup, which takes place on New Year's Day every year.
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