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Traditions of Japanese New Year’s Holidays

今日は、英語で日本の伝統文化について紹介します。お正月に関しては、ノルウェーより日本の方が興味深い伝統が多いので、日本の文化について世界の人に読んでもらえたら幸いです。

A Happy New Year of 2021!

This time, I would like to write about Japanese traditional customs of new year’s holidays.

As I explained in the article of Christmas dinner (クリスマスディナー), new year’s holidays are more important for Japanese people compared to Christmas, and usually we spend new year’s holidays with family.  

Big year end cleaning ups

Traditionally we have big year end cleaning ups of our own homes and offices by the end of December in order to welcome God into our own homes and during the first three days of the new year we avoid from cleaning homes not to drive away the God.  Anyway, after the cleaning, we put up decorations similar to Christmas wreath at entrances. 

New year’s eve soba

On the new year’s eve, we eat new year’s eve soba and wish a long healthy life.  And a lot of people watch the Japan Record Award and the annual Red vs White Music Show with a family.  At the same timing of the end of the music show, buddhist temples star to hit a huge bell 108 times before the midnight, and a lot of people go to shrines or temples after the midnight to wish a happy new year.

New year's eve soba

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toshikoshi_soba

Hube bell

Temple

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatsumōde

Ozoni & Osechi

Through the first three days of the new year, we eat Ozoni (miso soup with rice cakes and vegetables) and Osechi (compartment box of assorted seafood and other mini dishes prepared for the Japanese New Year.  

Ozoni

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zōni

Osechi

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osechi

New Year cards & New Years gift of money

We exchange lottery new years cards to family, friends, co-workers, clients, etc.  Children receive money from their parents and other relatives.

There are a lot more to explain in details, but I would like to save for the next time.

Based on the news in Japan, a lot of people didn’t go back to their home town for this new years holidays due to the corona virus.  I hope we can have a normal new year’s eve this year and new year’s holidays next year with family.  

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