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National holidays in Japan

The legal age in Japan is age 20 years.

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, thereby 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 that meant about “new haircut”. The boy aged 10 to 16 years shaved off the curls above his forehead and tie the remaining hair in a pigtail, ukladyvaya on the crown. Continue reading

Kazakh culture and national traditions.

 

The holiday Nauryz is one of the oldest holidays on Earth. It is celebrated over five thousand years as a celebration of spring and renewal of nature by many peoples of the near East and Central Asia, and according to some reports and the Eastern Slavs.

Historical information about this holiday can be found in many ancient and medieval authors. In the Oriental chronology, it corresponds to Iranian New year (Nowruz). From generation to generation passed traditions of celebration of Nauryz, Kazakhs, Uzbeks and Uyghurs. Tajiks called it “Gulgardon” or “Gulnavruz”, Tatar “Nardugan” and the ancient Greeks he was known as “Patra”, the Roots of this holiday can be found in ancient pagan rites. By itself, the form of celebration was meant to reflect the love of nature. Despite the antiquity of this festival is preserved in folk memory, and currently has a new spiritual and ethical meaning.

According to ancient chronology, this day usually coincides with March 22 – vernal equinox. That’s why the Kazakhs call the month of March Nauryz. It was believed that this day is updated in nature, the first spring thunder, swelling buds on the trees and vegetation grows wildly. It should be noted that Nauryz as a non-religious celebration of spring and renewal has common roots Continue reading

Girls Holiday in Japan

 

During the festival girls dressed in beautiful kimono with a floral pattern and visit each other’s homes.

Girls day, or Hinamatsuri in Japan is celebrated as a national holiday since the 18th century, although the history of this holiday has more than a thousand years.

In girls ‘ Day (March 3) in Japan, it is customary to dress all babies in elegant kimono, to expose shelves traditional house with beautiful dolls, the girls led each other to visit, to treat rice delicious cookies and send along rivers paper dolls “Emperor” and “Empress”.

The tradition of the Day girls – Snakes of the day: paper dolls carry sorrow

In ancient times, the Japanese are very honored March 3 – “the third day of the third moon”, or Day of the snake – according to legend when followed to bring a paper doll, RUB it on the skin, then place in a wicker basket and float the river or stream, saying prayers that paper doll took way all sickness and misfortune. This ritual was usually performed by women or girls. Over time, paper dolls have become synonymous with the girls ‘ welfare, they wrote the names and thrown into the river, so freed the spirits of the younger daughter from troubles and problems.

The tradition of paper Continue reading

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