Tourists always love to see Japan since uncountable numbers of festivals are held there each year. Some of the festivals are Cherry Blossom Festival, Sapporo Snow Festival, New Year Festival, Tanabata Festival, and Bon Festival. Even though the festivals are not always taking place in the same time from districts to districts, the joy and festive are always the same in every district. Here are some reviews about the festivals in Japan.
Cherry Blossom Festival
Cherry Blossom Festival is the tradition of Japanese people to come and gather around the park where Cherry Blossom trees are blooming. The date when the festival held is different because the Cherry Blossom trees do not bloom at the same time in every district in Japan. The southern districts in Japan usually hold this festival earlier, around January until February, while the northern ones hold the festivals in about April until May. The other districts located in the middle of Japan usually celebrate Cherry Blossom festival during February until April. What Japanese people do in Cherry Blossom Festival is come to park to see the Cherry Blossom trees. They may come with family, friends, or colleagues, then sit around the park. Sometimes, the adults also drink sake and sing together while enjoying the festival. Many Japanese traditional foods are available in some small stalls around the park. Most people in Japan enjoy the Cherry Blossom festivals and attend it every year.
Sapporo Snow Festival
Sapporo Snow festival, taking place in winter, is probably the largest festival in Sapporo with more than 2 million people attend the festival each year. Many statues and sculptures made of the ice taking the form of celebrities or beautiful landmark. Sapporo Snow Festival, also known as Yuki Matsuri, began in 1950 and starts until present in February. Besides all of the statues and sculptures made of the ice, there are also some ice bars which can be entered to feel the frozen temperature inside them. Some musical concerts and shows are usually held during the festival which cost you a small amount of money considering the sight and experience that visitors get in there.
Unlike the other festivals that are celebrated in different time for each district, the New Year Festival are always held in January 1, 2, and 3 in all places in Japan. New Year Festival in Japan is famous for its tradition of eating some traditional Japanese foods in the New Year’s Eve and the New Year’s Day. There is also tradition to give money to the kids during the New Year moment.
Tanabata Festival began with a legend from China about two couple meeting only once a year through the stars of Vega and Altair. In this event, held annually in July, Japanese people go to the shrines to make a wish before they finally write their wishes on a long paper and hang them on a bamboo decoration. Hanging the paper containing wishes is believed as one way to make the wishes come true.
The last one, Bon Festival is held by people in Japan to pray for their ancestors. Bon Festival comes from the Buddhist tradition, so family usually go to the temple and make the priest read a kind of prayer for the ancestors. On August 13, families in Japan set out fire to welcome the spirits of the ancestors and on August 16, the other fire was set in the hope that the path of the ancestors can be brighten.
These are just small reviews of a few festivals in Japan, there are many more festivals there which are as good as the ones reviewed above.