This section covers words related to some common Japanese festivals and events.
Besides celebrating some common events like Valentine's Day and Christmas, Japan has many unique festivals 祭り (matsuri) which are held annually throughout the country. Many of these Japanese festivals are held locally in a prefecture only.
As you know that Japan was greatly influenced by China historically. For instance, kanji was imported from China, though Japan has modified many of them and created their own kanji.
Besides, certain events like 七夕 (tanabata) and お盆 (obon) are originated from China. However, because Japan has followed the western calendar since 19th century, the dates of these events are different from Chinese lunar calendar.
Let's find out the list for the common "Japanese festivals and events" words.
|3.||春祭り||はるまつり||haru matsuri||Spring Festival|
|4.||夏祭り||なつまつり||natsu matsuri||Summer Festival|
|5.||秋祭り||あきまつり||aki matsuri||Autumn Festival/Fall Festival|
|6.||雪祭り||ゆきまつり||yuki matsuri||Snow Festival|
|7.||文化祭||ぶんかさい||bunkasai||Culture Festival/Arts Festival|
|8.||正月||しょうがつ||shougatsu||New Year/New Year's Day|
|9.||花見||はなみ||hanami||Cherry Blossom Viewing|
|11.||バレンタインデー||barentain de-||Valentine's Day|
|12.||雛祭り||ひなまつり||hina matsuri||Doll's Festival (March 3rd)|
|13.||花祭り||はなまつり||hana matsuri||Buddha's birthday festival (April 8th)|
|14.||緑の日||みどりのひ||midori no hi||Greenery Day (April 29)|
|15.||ゴールデンウイーク||go-ruden ui-ku||Golden Week (Early May Holiday Season in Japan)|
|16.||子供の日||こどものひ||kodomo no hi||Children's Day (May 5th)|
|17.||母の日||ははのひ||haha no hi||Mother's Day|
|18.||父の日||ちちのひ||chichi no hi||Father's Day|
|19.||七夕||たなばた||tanabata||The Star Festival (July 7th)|
|20.||星祭り||ほしまつり||hoshi matsuri||The Star Festival (July 7th)|
|21.||お盆||おぼん||obon||Bon Festival (mid August)|
|22.||灯篭流し||とうろうながし||tourou nagashi||Ceremony in which Paper Lanterns are floated down a River (August 15/16)|
|23.||七五三||しちごさん||shichigosan||Festival for 3-year-old Boys and Girls,
5-year-old Boys and 7-year-old Girls (November 15)
|24.||文化の日||ぶんかのひ||bunka no hi||Culture Day (November 3)|
|26.||大晦日||おおみそか||oomisoka||New Year's Eve (December 31st)|
|27.||夏休み||なつやすみ||natsu yasumi||Summer Vacation|
|28.||冬休み||ふゆやすみ||fuyu yasumi||Winter Vacation|
|30.||入学式||にゅうがくしき||nyuugakushiki||School Entrance Ceremony|
All the above are some common words and vocabulary related to Japanese festivals and events. If you think there are some important Japanese festivals or events that were missed out, please let me know through the comment box below.
Want to increase your vocabulary? Check out the Japanese English dictionary.