New year in Japan is called O-segatsu . This is the most favorite and bright holiday and new year’s holidays, lasting from 28 December to 4 January, are days of rest for everyone. Stops at this time practically all of business life in the country. There were times when O-segatsu celebrated according to the lunar calendar, but since the late 19th century the Japanese started to celebrate this holiday according to the generally accepted Gregorian calendar.
Japan is a country rich in diverse, interesting customs and traditions. In celebration of the New year it is very noticeable. Preparing for the holiday before its occurrence. On the streets of Japanese cities are many Christmas fairs, selling everything from Souvenirs and clothing to ritual objects. For Example, Hamami. This blunt arrows with white feathers that protect the house from harm and evil forces. Or Takarabune. Are the ships with rice and other “treasures” on which are seated seven gods of fortune. Very popular talisman for good luck — Canada (translated as “bear’s paw”). It reminds made of a bamboo rake. This thing is supposed to “rake” happiness. With every purchase of the stores visitors are handed a gift in the traditional figure of the animal – symbol of the coming year.
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