Coming of Age Day is celebrated by any person on the planet, because this is the day of entry into a new life! From this age, new rights and obligations appear, and life plays with new colors. In Japan, the holiday has long been National. Find out how it’s done!
Date founded in 1948. Its goal was simple – to pay attention to citizens who have reached the age of majority, to support their aspirations and desires. Initially, the celebrations took place on January 15, but since 2000, a law has been introduced to celebrate the Coming of Age Day on the second Monday of the first month of the year.
The origins of the holiday go back to antiquity. The young prince came of age, and in honor of this, his entourage bought new clothes, made a special hairstyle and changed his name. Initially, only noble families had traditions, then they moved to commoners. The crossing ceremony is called “Gempuku”. At the same time, the age varied: entry into adulthood could occur both at the age of 12 and at 16. Girls came of age a little earlier: at 12-14 – this meant that they had the right to get married and build their own lives.
It is noteworthy that:
- for a holiday for girls, they definitely buy a kimono – it can be very expensive, sometimes it reaches $ 10;
- Since 1876, the age of majority has been set at 20 years. From the day of birth, it is officially allowed to drink alcohol and smoke.
How to celebrate
Today, many events are taking place in the country. Yesterday’s teenagers are invited to solemn gatherings, this can take place in schools or other public institutions. Both parents and friends take part, the heads of cities always come and hold conversations. Not without symbolic gifts! They also visit temples, dress up beautifully, visit bars and have fun.
When is Coming of Age Day celebrated in 2024?
Coming of Age Day is observed on the second Monday in January each year.