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Cultural Holidays
  1. Calendars in Japan
  2. Fortune Calendar (Rokuyō)
  3. Events of the New Year's Period: Matsunouchi and Koshōgatsu
  4. Bean Throwing Day or Setsubun (February 3)
  5. Valentine’s Day (February 14)
  6. Doll Festival (March 3)
  7. White Day (March 14)
  8. Cherry Blossom Viewing Season or Hanami (late March to early April)
  9. Boys' Day, Children's Day, or Tango no Sekku (May 5)
  10. Mother’s Day (second Sunday in May)
  11. Father’s Day (third Sunday in June)
  12. Star Festival or Tanabata (July 7)
  13. Summer Greetings or Shochū Mimai (late July to early August)
  14. Summer Gift-Giving Season or Ochūgen
  15. Obon
  16. Seven-Five-Three or Shichigosan (November 15)
  17. Christmas Day (December 25)
  18. Winter Gift Giving Season or Oseibo
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Red carnations in baskets, wrapped in celophane
A delivery of Carnations for Mother's Day.
Photo Courtesy Kitayama no Sato
Mother’s Day (second Sunday in May)
The second Sunday of May is Mother’s Day. Children show their appreciation of their mothers by sending cards and presents on this day. Some kindergartens and grade schools have pupils draw pictures of their mothers or make handcrafted gifts. Mother’s Day started in the United States in the beginning of the twentieth century, and soon after began to be introduced in Japan through the Christian churches. In 1931, the government designated March 6th, the birthday of the empress at that time, as the official Mother’s Day. After WWII, Mother’s Day returned to the second Sunday of May. Carnations are the most common flowers to give on Mother’s Day. Some children show their appreciation to their mothers by helping with house chores or by giving them back massages.
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