Golden Week in Japan or GW (Golden Time) is one of the best weeks for Japanese to relax, have fun
with the family and party with friends for one week.
This is the week where Constitution Memorial Day (Kenpo Kinebi), Citizen’s Holiday (Kokumin No
Kyujitsu) Greenery Day (Midori No Hi), Children’sDay (Kodomo No Hi), and Compensation Holiday
(Furikae Kyujitsu) are being held and observed.
In the Japanese Law, they declared a 9 official holidays starting off from April 30th onwards, which
is considered as the longest vacation period of the year. This is where Japanese take a time off from work,
school, and many establishments to spend time with their families and friends.
One of the best-known customs in Japan is the KOINOBORI or Carp Streamer. These are carp-shaped wind socks
made by drawing carp patterns on fabric, which they traditionally fly to celebrate Tango No Sekku,
a traditional Calendrical event or National Holiday. Koinobori or Koi (carp) is known to turn into a dragon based on
a Legend derived from a Chinese Fable. This means Success.
When you go visit Japan during this holiday, you will get to see landscapes, houses and buildings decorating
Koinobori from end of April to early May. Children enjoy seeing them flying. Japanese believe that this is
to honor children for having a good future and to hope that they will grow up healthy and strong.
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written by Mentor Justine