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November holidays in Japan – a WOMAN’s WORLD

November days can vary, for example, going to Japan, where it is a lot of variety of activities, including, probably, everyone will find something that will interest him.

For example, the third number in this country is culture day, which is considered a public holiday due to the fact that its main purpose is to intensify the development of Japanese culture in a free and peaceful direction.

The Japanese celebrate this event so much fun: in many cities on the third day with parades, which are attended by people dressed in national costumes, which were typical of different eras. The squares are theatrical performances, galleries and exhibitions, which presented works of art. Most of the museums arranges an open day when everyone can go inside and explore the exhibits on display. That is why it is in this month it attracts huge number of tourists, interested in Japanese culture.

Also on this day in a solemn ceremony takes place the ceremony of awarding the order of culture. Thus highlights the merits of people who have made a significant contribution to the cultural life of society. Each year the award is given to four thousand activists, realizing themselves in various fields.

But the fifteenth day in Japan is celebrated a holiday called “Citi-go-San”, the Japanese language is translated as “Seven-five-three». On this day the children in a certain age, come in Shinto temples, where say prayers, asking about the long years of his life. Before this event was to involve several other activities. Boys and girls are first taught to wear national clothes, which were hakama and Obi. For those who are not too well versed in Japanese culture, it should be clear that the first term refers to the wide men’s pants pleated, which partly resemble a skirt. Obi is a belt that can be worn by both men and women.

After visiting sacred buildings, parents encourage their offspring by buying them special treats, called “Chitose AME”, that is, candy longevity. Usually it comes with a bag, inscribed with the image of the stork and the turtle, which symbolizes long-lasting form of existence.

And at the end of the month here before the festival of harvest, which in Japanese sounds like “niinamesai”. Before his celebrations were linked to the offering of thanks to the gods that gave citizens a good harvest of rice. Modern Japanese twenty-third celebrate, due to the guarantees given by the government in the sphere of employment and the rights of each citizen from the moment of his birth.

By the way, being in Japan, you should bring some souvenir for memory. For example, very popular among tourists from Russia are Maneki-neko. This is a figurine depicting a cat with the raised front paw. Very often they are installed not only in homes but also at work. Especially often do people, whose work is related to money circulation, as it is believed that this figurine brings luck in financial Affairs.

No less common is the souvenir tenugui – towel, made from cotton canvas and perfect for a variety of purposes, for example, you can tie the head to hang on the wall or as a decorative element. However, you can use it for its intended purpose or even to present as a gift.