Japanese Culture Day in 2019

Public and national holidays in Japan National holiday in Japan

On 3 November each year, your colleagues in Japan celebrate Culture Day

When is Culture Day?

How long until Culture Day (observed)?
This holiday next takes place in 223 Days.
Local Name
Furikae kyūjitsu
Dates of Culture Day
Year Weekday Date
2020 Tuesday
2019 Monday
2019 Sunday
2018 Saturday
2017 Friday
Monday 4 November 2019 is a public holiday as Culture Day falls on a Sunday

On 3rd November each year, your colleagues in Japan celebrate Culture Day.

If 3rd November falls on a Sunday, then the following Monday will be a public holiday instead.

History of Culture Day?

Culture Day, otherwise known as Bunka no hi, is a day to honour traditional Japanese culture and promote the love of freedom and peace that was enshrined in the Japanese constitution.

The current Japanese constitution was officially adopted on 3 November 1946 after the end of the Second World War and Culture Day has been a holiday since 1948.

But that’s not all, 3rd November is a notable date in Japan as it also marks the date of birth of Emperor Meiji, who ruled Japan from 1867 until 1912.

How is Culture Day celebrated?

As part of the celebration of Culture Day, the Order of Culture Awards Ceremony takes place at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

The awards are given to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to Japanese culture or to society as a whole.

Past recipients include the three American astronauts who were aboard Apollo 11, Japanese artist Ikuo Hirayama, and poet Makoto Ooka.

Throughout the rest of the country, festivals and parades are held celebrating traditional Japanese customs.

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