- Holidays of Japan
The .) If the Monday is also a public holiday, the transfer holiday is moved to the Tuesday (such as Greenery Day being transferred to Tuesday
May 6, 2008). Additionally, when a day is sandwiched between two national holidays, that day shall also become a holiday, known as . May 4, sandwiched between Constitution Memorial Dayon May 3and Children's Dayon May 5, was such a holiday until it was replaced by Greenery Dayin 2007. By the same law, September 22 2009is supposed to be a national holiday because the autumnal equinox is expected to land on September 23that year; however, the date of the autumnal equinox will not be officially decided until February 1of that year.
Table of Japanese holidays
Events of imperial mourning and celebration
In addition to the annual holidays listed above, certain events of celebration or mourning related to the imperial family are also treated as national holidays in the year in which they occur.
There have been four instances of such holidays since the introduction of the Public Holiday Law.
* April 10, 1959: Marriage of Crown Prince Akihito
* February 24, 1989: State Funeral of the Shōwa Emperor
* November 12, 1990: Official Enthronement Ceremony of Emperor Akihito
* June 9, 1993: Marriage of Crown Prince Naruhito
Beginning in 2000, Japan implemented the
Happy Monday System(ハッピーマンデー制度) which moved a number of national holidays to Monday in order to obtain a "long weekend":
* Coming-of-Age Day:
January 15→ 2nd Monday of January, starting in 2000.
* Marine Day:
July 20→ 3rd Monday of July, starting in 2003.
* Respect for the Aged Day:
September 15→ 3rd Monday of September, starting in 2003.
* Health and Sports Day:
October 10→ 2nd Monday of October, starting in 2000.
In 2005, the country decided to add
Showa Day, a new national holiday, in place of Greenery Dayon April 29, and to move Greenery Day to May 4. These changes took effect in 2007.
* [http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2062.html Japanese Holidays - Japan-Guide.com]
* [http://ja.wikisource.org/wiki/国民の祝日に関する法律 Public holiday law (in Japanese)]
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