Japanese new year’s traditions and treats

We will tell you about some traditions of celebrating new year in Japan, which includes unusual for Slavs rituals with special symbolic meaning. And please share the recipe surprisingly tasty Japanese treats, made especially for you in the network of restaurants “planet Sushi”.

We will tell you about some traditions of celebrating new year in Japan, which includes unusual for Slavs rituals with special symbolic meaning. And please share the recipe surprisingly tasty Japanese treats, made especially for you in the network of restaurants “planet Sushi”.

New Year in Japan

On-segatsu – Japanese New Year – is not only a favorite but also the most important festival for the inhabitants of the land of the rising sun. It is the New Year to take stock of the year, evaluate the results, and pay their debts. Before the Meiji era (1868-1911) it was celebrated according to the Chinese lunar calendar, but these days even people with traditional views of celebrated European.

The main winter holiday has more meaning to people’s lives than perhaps all the other holidays combined. For the period of new year holidays largest part holidays. Generally New year is celebrated from December 29 to January 3, and almost all state and commercial institutions are closed.

Japanese Santa Claus name is Segatsu-San . he gives gifts and happy children in celebration.

The most important ritual is the new year sending new year greeting cards nengajo the symbol of the coming year – one of the twelve signs of the Oriental zodiac. Prepare these cards to all relatives, friends and acquaintances to wish them success, happiness and good health in the new year. Moreover, the person sending a postcard once, it is customary to send every year.

This tradition attaches so great importance that even in primary school children learn how to write postcards. Despite the fact that nowadays greeting cards are printed in the typographical way, many Japanese people follow the old style of writing postcards by brush and ink, and sometimes cook their own hands.

Interesting features of Christmas celebration in Japan

New year’s eve, the Japanese go to the mountains or to the sea where the first rays of sun at dawn, clap their hands, seeing the old and meeting the New year. The celebration of the end of the year and beginning of a new year is a symbolic reminder that the past should be left behind and enjoy the new perspectives in the coming year.

In Japan there is a custom to decorate the house with bouquets of willow branches or bamboo are suspended from the “mochi” – bread made from rice flour, shaped, birds, fish, flowers and figurines out of rice cakes. This whole composition is known as moribana and installed in a prominent place to the deity Toshigami at the entrance to the house is not forgot to take care of the owners of the house in 2012.

Before the gate or at the entrance of a home hang ornaments from pine kadomatsu . which symbolically protect the house from all harm. This greeting to a deity of the new year holiday – great songs from slanted trunks of bamboo, decorated with pine branches, small red berries, a branch of fern, tangerine, sometimes a bunch of seaweed and dried shrimp. Each ornament carries a symbolic meaning: bamboo – vitality, pine – longevity, plum – love of life, rice straw – wealth, prosperity.

Also important are the symbolic attribute of the rake . Every Japanese person thinks that they need to have to for the New year was to rake in happiness. A rake made of bamboo – kumada – do the size from 10 cm to 1.5 m and decorate them with a variety of drawings and talismans.

For over a thousand years the Japanese New year occurs under the strikes of the bell . At midnight, Buddhist temples of 108 bell strikes of the bell which symbolizes the 108 human destructive temptations (desires), which runs the chimes. In Japan there is a belief that if you laugh with the last kick of the bell, the coming year will be filled with happiness and joy.

In the new year holiday many Japanese travel to their hometowns, visit local temples to pray and ask yourself and your family prosperity in the coming year (Azumaya). Women and girls for such a rare event wearing a colorful kimono. Outside the Japanese greet each other with the words “Akemashite of omedeto gozaimasu” meaning “happy new year”.

Maria Sobol, world champion in karate, kimono in new year

Not do for the celebration and no special Christmas treats.

Special products are important for Japanese new year celebration: a symbol of longevity is buckwheat noodles, rice is a symbol of wealth, carp is the Foundation of strength, beans – a symbol of good health and long life .

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