What is the "Golden Week" in Japan?
The Golden Week is a week celebrating four national holidays, starting from April 29th (which happens to be my birthday!) and ending on May 3rd-6th, that is very popular and celebrated in Japan. This is also something in China but they have different dates and reasons as far as I know. As for what holidays the Golden Week consists of, it is:
- April 29th, Showa Day (Showa no Hi). This is to honor the previous Emperor Showa, reigning emperor from 1926 to 1989. This date was his birthday.
- May 3rd, Constitution Memorial Day (Kenpo Kinenbi). It takes place to celebrate the promulgation of the 1947 Constitution of Japan.
- May 4th, Greenery Day (Midori no Hi). This holiday used to be on April 29th until year 2006. The day is completely dedicated to nature and the environment.
- May 5th, Children´s Day (Kodomo no Hi). Final celebration of the Golden Week. The day is also known as Boys´ Day or the Feast of Banners. It was a day set to respect children and to celebrate their happiness.
During the Golden Week, many take time off from work and school to celebrate the four holidays. It is also very popular to travel during these times. Usually, the tourists tend to highly increase too under this time of the year, and no wonder why when there are beautiful days with beautiful meanings and beautiful festivals. きれい!