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What are some of the festivals celebrated in Japan?

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12/03/2011

Japanese festivals Many Japanese festivals have their roots in Chinese festivals but most have undergone dramatic changes as they mixed with local customs. Some are so different that they do not even remotely resemble the original festival despite sharing the same name and date. There are also various local festivals (e.g. Tobata Gion) that are mostly unknown outside a given prefecture. It is commonly said that you will always find a festival somewhere in Japan. Unlike most people of East Asian descent, Japanese people generally do not celebrate Chinese New Year (it having been supplanted by the Western New Year's Day in the late 1800s); although Chinese residents in Japan still do. In Yokohama Chinatown, Japan's biggest Chinatown, tourists from all over Japan come to enjoy the festival. See: Japanese New Year. Nationwide Festivals Fixed days * Seijin Shiki : Coming of Age Day (second Monday of January) * Hinamatsuri : Doll Festival (3 March) * Hanami : Flower Viewing (late March to early April) * Tanabata : star festival (7 July) * Shichi-Go-San: festival day for children aged three, five and seven (15 November) * Omisoka : New Year's Eve (31 December) Multiple days * Setsubun : division of season (beginning of each season (spring, summer, autumn, winter)) * Ennichi : temple fair (holy days related to Kami and/or Buddha) Not fixed * Japanese Cultural Festival
Some holidays are New Year festival, the BON festival, Children''s day, and the Japanese tea ceremony. First of all, the Japanese tea Ceremony is a calm and peaceful ritual of severing green tea. But this is no ordinary cup of tea- the ceremony could last up to four long hours! There are strict rules about how the tea is prepared. During the ceremony, they severe a light meal (usually a French cuisine)! It's a beautiful tradition.
I think that they celebrate those things by having festivals or big celebrations or something like that..... so yeah.