What is the Golden Week?

Golden Week (Japanese English: Golden Week, GW)


Golden week is a period in Japan where there are many holidays from the end of April to the beginning of May every year. Golden Week holidays. Most of office and school are close for this term. Usually trains, airports and sightseeing spots get very crowded during Golden Week. Also our office is close for these national holidays.


April 29

Showa Day (Showa no hi):

April 29 is the birthday of former Emperor Showa, who died in the year 1989. Until 2006, Greenery Day (see May 4) used to be celebrated on this day.

May 3

Constitution Day (Kenpo kinenbi):

On this day in 1947, the new postwar constitution was put into effect.

May 4

Greenery Day (Midori no hi):

Until 2006, Greenery Day used to be celebrated on April 29, the birthday of former Emperor Showa. The day is dedicated to the environment and nature, because the emperor loved plants and nature. Before being declared Greenery Day, May 4 used to be a national holiday due to a law, which declares a day, that falls between two national holidays, a national holiday.

May 5

Children's Day (Kodomo no hi):

The Boy's Festival (Tango no Sekku) is celebrated on this day. Families pray for the health and future success of their sons by hanging up carp streamers and displaying samurai dolls, both symbolizing strength, power and success in life. The Girl's Festival is celebrated on March 3.

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