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Christmas traditions in Japan

New Year in Japan, ” on-segatsu “. is the most important holiday for inhabitants of the country, when all sum up, evaluate the results, and pay their debts. Before the Meiji era (1868-1911), he went on the Chinese lunar calendar, according to which the new year occurred in late January, but today even the most traditionally-minded Japanese people celebrate it “European”.

Preparing for the New Year is all of December and it includes the internal cleaning houses and decorating the entrance with pine and bamboo twigs, making rice bread. Cleaning is required thirteenth of December. Clean house with great care, since this is connected with a mystical ritual.

There are many different customs and beliefs on the subject of cleaning of housing in the new year. An example is Suzuhara – the ritual of cleaning the home which is held on the 13th of 12 months, after which a bamboo whisk tied to the bar and there it is stored until next year.

Like us, the Japanese, the New Year also put the Christmas tree, but decorate it with toys and exotic plants growing on the Islands. The stores are beginning to sell chests filled with different and delicious sweets that are very different from our idea of confectionery.

In the new year, the Japanese tend not only to be in a warm and cozy hearth in a warm house and warm clothes. Special attention was paid to her pochivka. Continue reading