Culture Day in Japan in 2019

Culture Day in Japan in 2019
  How long until Culture Day?
This holiday next takes place in 137 days.
  Dates of Culture Day in Japan
2020Japan Tue, Nov 3National Holiday
2019Nov 3, Nov 4
JapanMon, Nov 4National Holiday (in lieu)
JapanSun, Nov 3National Holiday
2018Japan Sat, Nov 3National Holiday
2017Japan Fri, Nov 3National Holiday
2016Japan Thu, Nov 3National Holiday
  Summary
Culture Day is a day to honor traditional Japanese culture and promote the love of freedom and peace
  Local name
Bunka no hi
  Which regions observe Culture Day in 2019?
Japan  JapanNov 3National Holiday
Japan  JapanNov 4National Holiday (in lieu)

When is Culture Day

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. Established in 1875, the Order of the Rising Sun has eight degrees.

A total of 4,214 people have received the award on 4 November 2018, including 135 foreigners, mostly Americans. One of them was former US Vice President Dick Cheney.

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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