Japanese new year holiday 1

Japan has about 15 holidays a year, which might be higher numbers than the other countries’ public holidays in the world. And new year holiday is the most important holiday for Japanese. It is called Syogatsu in Japan, until the end of World War II, Japanese had the custom of becoming older on New Year’s Day, regardless of the date of each person’s birthday. Most Japanese people take a holiday on the first three days of the year. Many companies and schools take a week or more off at this time of year. In Japan, people display shimekazari at the entrance of their houses to ward off evil spirits at New Year’s. The shimekazari is a rope made of straw to mark a sacred place where the gods descend. These special decorations are decorated with various lucky charms, such as a pumpkin, a lobster, etc. After the New Year’s Day, the New Year’s decorations such as shimekazari are brought to the shrine to be burned. A kadomatsu is a pair of pine ornaments that are displayed in front of the gate of a house between January 1 and 7, during the Makunouchi period.
Three bamboo sticks of different lengths are cut diagonally. Pine branches and plum sprays are fastened to the bamboos with new straw ropes. Of these three plants, the pine tree in particular symbolizes longevity, a conduit for the gods to descend to earth, and It is considered. All of these will be removed and burned on January 7. Many Japanese people visit a shrine on the first three days of January to pray for health and happiness.
This is called hatsumode. Some shrines receive more than 3 million visitors every year.