Hello friends! Japan has a long cultural history and its festivals imbibe its rich cultural and social values. And as the new year is approaching, the first major holiday which is coming is Coming of the Age Day.
This festival is celebrated on the second Monday of new year every year. It will be celebrated on Monday, 14th January in 2019. This festival celebrates adulthood and encourages those who have reached the age of majority (20 years old) between April 2 of the previous year and April 2 of the current year. This reminds the young adults that they have reached the stage of maturity and have to take over the responsibilities.
This ceremony has been celebrated in Japan since as long as 714 AD. In recent times, it was first celebrated as a holiday in 1948.
The ceremony is held in the morning at the local offices throughout Japan. All the young adults who have turned 20 years over the past year are invited to attend the ceremony. Then speeches are given by the government officials and at the end, small gifts are given to the new adults.