Every year on the second Monday of January, Japan celebrates coming of age Day (Seijin no Hi), in 2010 the celebration was on January 11.
It is a public holiday. It is a public holiday.
Coming of age in Japan in 20 years comes. Under Japanese law, from that moment young people have the right to participate in elections, bear full responsibility before the law, they are subject to labour legislation, the right to enter into banking and commercial transactions, to conduct real estate transactions, purchase and consumption of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products.
It is believed that the first day of age was observed in Japan in the year 714. Then the young Prince, the heir to the throne, on the recommendation of the priests changed the hairstyle and the shape of the garment, noting its entry in the adult age.
Until the mid-nineteenth century boys and girls become adults at different times. In a series of Shinto rites this ceremony was called genpuku, which roughly meant “new hairstyle”. The boy aged 10 to 16 years shaved off the curls over the forehead and tie the remaining hair in a pigtail, ukladyvaya on the crown. It was a hairstyle (eboshi) adult male, samurai. At the same time the boy children changed the name to adult. For girls Continue reading
There are hundreds of holiday traditions around the world, many of which You probably never heard of – the giant goat made of hay (Sweden), the witch that brings candy (Italy), the burning pile of dirt (Guatemala). We present You the top 8 most unexpected, strange, surprising and unique Christmas traditions from around the world.
The Christmas log – Catalonia, Spain
Oh my God, look at those little Tio de Nadal (Christmas log)! Yes, it’s a log with legs and a face. and a little red hat, but his name is not Pinocchio (and not even Pinocchio). It may seem like a joke that just caught on in such a tradition, but this tradition comes from an old Catalan mythology. The log is put in every Catalan home on the feast of the Immaculate Conception every 8th of December every year. Going in this period in Catalonia, will support tradition – leave food for Your little log. As you get hungry, You know! And don’t forget about the blanket, otherwise it may catch cold! And when children are not watching, hide the gifts in the wood – You’ll see a log is hollow, and, in General idea that. he poops gifts.
The night of the radishes – Oaxaca, Mexico
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Japan — “land of the rising sun”. It is striking in its history, traditions, way of life. Reasons to visit her a lot, but perhaps I’ll try to name five basic.
Japan is rich in its traditions and customs, so to list them all is impossible. For many years in Japan brought a sense of beauty, which became a kind of religious worship beauty. Hence, such traditions as: khans — admiring flowers; tsukimi dreams of becoming — admiring the moon; ukemi — admiring the snow. The Japanese themselves feel that their sense of beauty, which is transmitted from generation to generation, is property of the Japanese people that foreigners can only admire.
Traditional tea ceremony (oil) belongs to the unique arts and customs. Oil – strictly painted ritual involving tea master who brews tea and pours it, and those who are present at the same time and then drink. In Japan there are many forms of tea ceremony, however, strictly established only a few: night tea, tea at sunrise, evening tea, morning tea, afternoon tea, special tea.
Sakura — the symbol of Japan and Japanese culture. Image of flower is used everywhere: on hats students and the military, the coins are in denominations of 100 yen, on the arms of the police and armed forces. Sakura is also the symbol of feminine beauty and youth.
If you happen to be in Japan during the Cherry blossom (late March-early Continue reading