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How is New Year's Eve celebrated in Japan

By Misty Thomas. Updated: January 20, 2017
How is New Year's Eve celebrated in Japan
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The Japanese put a lot of tradition in the way they celebrate holidays and other events. New Year's Eve is one of the most popular celebrations in the country. New Year's Eve, also called Shogatsu, is steeped in the traditions of Buddhism, Shinto, and popular culture in Japan. OneHowTo can tell you how New Years's Eve is celebrated in Japan.

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Family Traditons and Parties

Since 1873, New Year's Eve in Japan has been celebrated in accordance with the Gregorian calendar on the 31st December. However the traditional date is based on the Chinese calendar. For those Japanese who are very close to their families, they will go back to the town where they grew up and spend the New Year's Eve with their parents. The parents will make a very large dinner and they will talk about the years past as they celebrate the new year.

Many people like to throw New Year's Eve parties. Parties in Japan for the new year are called a Bonenkai. These parties are usually thrown by the company you work for and at larger restaurants. Many different types of food are served such as rice, tempura, and sashimi. Sake is also served to drink. The person who throws the party will also give an end of the year speech and make a toast to the new year.

Spiritual Culture

Japanese culture has a lot of religion and spirituality in it. Many people will go to a shrine on New Year's Eve. This is one of the most popular times to visit them and they will wait in line for hours to get a chance to ring the bell and worship there. This is a very spiritual day for many Japanese and it is a new start for their lives.

At one of the popular Buddhist temples in Japan, the bell is rung 108 times at midnight on New Year's Eve. This stands for the brand new year that is on its way with good luck and good tidings. The Japanese take a lot of pride in all of their Buddhist and Shinto temples and New Year's Eve is no exception. Near the temples, you can also find great fireworks displays at midnight.

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Much like other countries, the Japanese also make New Year's resolutions. If you do find yourself in Japan for New Year's Eve, you will be in for a treat. Take the time to learn the culture if you will be there and find out what temple or shrine you can visit. You will really enjoy the activities for New Year's Eve.

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