Vernal Equinox Day in Japan in 2020

Vernal Equinox Day in Japan in 2020
  How long until Vernal Equinox Day?
This holiday next takes place in 212 days.
  Dates of Vernal Equinox Day in Japan
2021 Japan Sat, Mar 20National Holiday
2020 Japan Fri, Mar 20National Holiday
2019 Japan Thu, Mar 21National Holiday
2018 Japan Wed, Mar 21National Holiday
2017 Japan Mon, Mar 20National Holiday
  Summary
In Japan the vernal equinox is a welcome holiday as it marks the end of winter and the arrival of spring
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When is Vernal Equinox Day?

The vernal equinox (or spring equinox) marks the beginning of astronomical spring. It is a national holiday in Japan.

It occurs during the month of March in the Northern Hemisphere, and during September in the Southern Hemisphere. It usually falls on March 20th or 21st.

Traditions of the Vernal Equinox

In Japan, the vernal equinox ('Shunbun no Hi') is a welcome holiday as it marks the end of winter and the arrival of spring.

"Shun 春" is the kanji character for spring and "bun 分" is the kanji character meaning "to divide".

At the same moment that the vernal equinox occurs in one hemisphere, it is the time of the autumnal equinox in the other hemisphere.

Traditionally, the equinoxes were a time to venerate ancestors, and the two dates of the Vernal and Autumnal equinoxes became holidays celebrated in Shinto to pay respects to past members of the imperial family.

In 1948, the holiday was changed to its current form as part of post-war reforms that converted religious holidays into secular holidays. The day is intended to celebrate the love of nature and living things.

In modern Japan, the day still maintains its older traditions as visiting family graves and holding family reunions is a common way of celebrating the equinox.

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