Archive for September, 2012

2013 Japan Holidays and Events

New Year’s Day
1 January 2013, Tuesday

Before New Year Day rice cakes will be made and will be eaten on this date.  On December 31st, Buddhist temples will ring bells 108 times to represent 108 sins.

Coming of Age Day
14 January 2013, Monday

Celebrates people who are turning 20 since 20 is an important age in Japan since people can vote and drink when they reach 20.

National Foundation Day
11 February 2013, Monday

Commemorates the founding of Japan and the date that the first Japanese emperor came to power.

Vernal Equinox Day
20 March 2013, Wednesday

On this day the hours for day and night will be equal.  This holiday was established during the Meiji period and encourages people to connect with nature.

Showa Day
29 April 2013, Monday

Commemorates the birthday of the Showa Emperor Hirohito.

Constitution Memorial Day
3 May 2013, Friday

Commemorates the adoption of the Constitution of Japan on May 3, 1947.

Greenery Day
4 May 2013, Saturday

Used to be the birthday of Showa emperor but it later got changed to a date for people to connect with nature.

Children’s Day
5 May 2013, Saturday

Celebrates children’s growth and happiness.  Special rice cakes wrapped in oak leaves will be eaten and families who have boys will fly carp-shaped streamers in front of their houses.

Marine Day
15 July  2013, Monday

Celebrates the many things that the ocean gives to the Japanese people.

Respect for the Aged Day
16 September 2013, Monday

It is a day of honoring the elderly, usually someone who is older than 60.  Free food and entertainment will be provided to seniors.

Autumnal Equinox
22 September 2013, Sunday

A day to celebrate the change in season and also a day to pay respect to the deceased.

Health and Sports Day
24 October 2013, Monday

This holiday commemorates the Olympics that in Tokyo in the summer of 1964.

Culture Day
3 November 2013, Sunday

Promotes academic, culture, and arts.

Labour Thanksgiving Day
3 November 2013, Saturday

Emperor’s Birthday
23 December 2013, Monday


2013 Vietnam Holidays and Events


Tet Duong Lich (International New Year’s Day)
1 January 2013, Tuesday

Tet Nguyen Dan (Vietnamese New Year)
10 February 2013, Sunday

In preparation for this holiday, Vietnamese will clean and decorate their houses.  People will buy new clothes to dress for this holiday.  Traditional rice cake with mung beans and pork fillings called Banh Chung or Banh Tet will be eaten.  Many companies will close for 10 days to celebrate this holiday

Saturday, 9 February 2013
Sunday, 10 February 2013 (Tet Nguyen Dan)
Monday, 11 February 2013
Tuesday, 12 February 2013
Wednesday, 13 February 2013
Thursday, 14 February 2013

Gio to Hung Vuong Day
19 April 2013, Friday

This holiday commemorates Emperor Hung Vuong who founded Vietnam about 50 centuries ago.

►Vietnam Victory Day / Reunification Day / Liberation Day
30 April 2013, Tuesday

Victory Day (Ngày Chiến thắng), Reunification Day (Ngày Thống nhất), or Liberation Day (Ngày Giải phóng) is a holiday that commemorates April 30, 1975, the date North Vietnamese army capturing Saigon from the South Vietnamese army ending the Vietnam War.

►International Worker’s Day (Ngày Quoc te Lao dong)
1 May 2013, Wednesday

Celebrates workers’ achievement.  Demonstrations will be planned for this holiday.

Independence Day (Quoc Khánh)
2 September 2013, Monday

Commemorates September 2nd, 1945 when Vietnam declared its independence from France.