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Community relations projects are an excellent way to get your unit or organization involved in the local community. Past COMREL projects have included visits to the Okinawa Children's Development Center, PURE Workshop, and the Senior Citizens Home with activities ranging from grass cutting and cleanup to spending time with residents.
January 1Japanese New Year ‐ 元日GanjitsuThis national holiday was established in 1948, as a day to celebrate the new year. New Year's Day marks the beginning of Japan's most important holiday season, the New Year season 正月Shōgatsu , which generally refers to the first one, three or seven days of the year. Although not prescribed by law, many work places are closed from December 29 to January 3. Prior to 1948, New Year'sDay was a national holiday on which the imperial worship ceremony known as ''Shihō‐hai'' 四方拝 took place. Second Monday of JanuaryComing of Age Day ‐ 成人の日Seijin no HiThis national holiday was established in 1948 as a day to congratulate and encourage people who have reached the age of majority (20) during the year. Cities and towns throughout the nation hold ceremonies for these people. Originally held on January 15, in 2000 it was changed to the second Monday of January in accordance with the Happy Monday System.
February 11National Foundation Day ‐ 建国記念の日Kenkoku Kinen no HiThis national holiday was established in 1966 (and first held in1967) as a day to reflect on the establishment of the nation and to nourish a love for the country. From 1872 to 1948, February 11 was known as ''Kigen‐setsu'' 紀元節 , a holiday commemorating the day on which-according to the Nihon‐shoki - Emperor Jimmu is said to have acceded the throne in 660 BCE.
February 23The Emperor's Birthday ‐ 天皇誕生日Tennō Tanjōbi The birthday of the reigning emperor has been a national
holiday since 1868. Originally known as ''Tenchō‐setsu'' 天長節 , it was renamed ''Tennō tanjōbi''
天皇誕生日 in 1948. Emperor Naruhito ascended to the throne on May 1, 2019, so his birthday will be celebrated as the Emperor's Birthday starting
2020. Emperor Naruhito was born on February
Around March 20Vernal Equinox Day ‐ 春分の日Shunbun no HiThe vernal equinox generally falls on March 20 or March 21. The exact date of the holiday is announced on the first weekday of February of the previous year. In 2011, the holiday falls on March 21. This national holiday was established in 1948 as a day for the admiration of nature and the love of living things. Prior to 1948,the vernal equinox was an imperial ancestor worship festival called''Shunki kōrei‐sai'' 春季皇霊祭.April 29Shōwa Day ‐ 昭和の日 Shōwa no HiThis national holiday was established in 2007 as a day to reflect on the events of the Shōwa period. As the birthday of Emperor Shōwa, April 29 was originally celebrated as a holiday during his lifetime. (See "The Emperor's Birthday" below.) After the death of the emperor in 1989, the date continued to be a holiday under the new name "Greenery Day". (See below.) In 2007 Greenery Day was moved to May 4, and April 29 took the name "Shōwa Day" in honor of the late Emperor. Shōwa Day marks the start of the Golden Week (Japan) holiday period.May 3Constitution Memorial Day ‐ 憲法記念日Kenpō KinenbiThis national holiday was established in 1948, to commemorate the day on which Japan's postwar Constitution of Japan constitution took effect. Constitution Memorial Day falls during Golden Week (Japan).May 4Greenery Day ‐ みどりの日Midori no HiThis national holiday is celebrated as a day to commune with nature and be grateful for its blessings. Originally established in1989 and held annually on April 29 (the late Shōwa Emperor's birthday), in 2007, Greenery Day was moved to May 4, and April 29 was renamed "Shōwa Day" (see above.) Greenery Day falls during Golden Week (Japan). (From 1986 to 2006, May 4 was a''kokumin no kyūjitsu'' holiday.)May 5Children's Day (Japan) Children's Day‐ こどもの日 Kodomo no HiThis national holiday was established in 1948, as a day on which to esteem the personalities of children and plan for their happiness. It is on this day that the Japanese equivalent of the Dragon Boat Festival 端午の節句 Tango no sekku is held. On this day,families who have a boy in their home may fly koi streamers anddecorate their homes with armor or samurai dolls. Children's Daymarks the end of Golden Week (Japan). Third Monday of July Marine Day ‐ 海の日 Umi no HiThis national holiday was established in 1995 (and first held in1996) as a day of gratitude for the blessings of the oceans and for the prosperity of the maritime nation that is Japan. Originally held on July 20, in 2003 it was changed to the third Monday of July in accordance with the Happy Monday System. Third Monday of SeptemberRespect‐for‐the‐Aged Day ‐ 敬老の日Keirō no HiThis national holiday was established in 1966 as a day to respect the elderly and celebrate long life. Originally held on September 15, it originated as a renaming of Old Folks' Day 老人の日Rōjin no hi. In 2003, it was changed to the third Monday of September in accordance with the Happy Monday System. September 23Autumnal Equinox Day ‐ 秋分の日Shūbun no HiThe autumnal equinox generally falls on September 22 or September 23. The exact date of the holiday is announced on the first weekday of February of the previous year.. This national holiday was established in1948 as a day on which to honor one's ancestors and remember the dead. Prior to 1948, the autumnal equinox was an imperial ancestor worship festival called ''Shūki kōrei‐sai'' 秋季皇霊祭.Second Monday of OctoberHealth and Sports Day ‐ 体育の日Taiiku no HiThis national holiday was established in 1966 as a day to enjoy sports and cultivate a healthy mind and body. Originally held on October 10 to commemorate the anniversary of the opening ceremony of the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, it was changed to the second Monday of October in 2000 in accordance with the Happy Monday System. Culture Day ‐ 文化の日 Bunkano HiThis national holiday was established in 1948. It commemorates the November 3, 1946 announcement of the Constitution of Japan. It is recognized as a day to celebrate peace and freedom and promote culture. (Prior to the establishment of this holiday, November 3 was also a national holiday called ''Meiji‐setsu'' 明治節 commemorating the birthday of Emperor Meiji, the two holidays are ostensibly unrelated.)November 23Labour Thanksgiving Day ‐ 勤労感謝の日Kinrō Kansha no HiThis national holiday was established in 1948 as an occasion for praising labor, celebrating production and giving one another thanks. Prior to the establishment of this holiday, November 23 was celebrated as an imperial harvest festival called ''Niiname‐sai''新嘗祭 .
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