Festivals, Holidays, and Special Events

Here is a “timeline” for special occasions and events in Okinawa (or Japan in general). Some posts are not created yet… it is a work in progress.

 

January: New Years (New Years Cards: 年賀状, Hatsumode, New Years Shopping: 福袋, Winter Gifts, Otoshidama, Kagami-biraki: 鏡開き), Shinnenkai, Muuchi-no-hi 1 and Muuchi part 2, Coming of Age Day, Lunar New Year

 

FebruaryBean-scattering Festival: 節分,  Cherry blossoms: 桜, Night-time Sakura: 夜桜, National Foundation Day, 16th day of the Lunar New YearValentine’s Day

 

MarchSangwacha: サングヮチャー, Girls’ Day: Hinamatsuri 雛祭り, Spring Equinox (春分), White Day, Hama uri 浜下りKume-no-Sakura: クメノサクラ

 

AprilUrizun: うりずん, Shiimii (しーみー), Ie-jima Lily Festival

 

MayOkinawa Haari ハーリー: Dragon boat races, Golden Week, Childrens’ Day: こどもの日, Motobu Hydrangea, Hotaru 蛍 (fireflies), Tsuyu 梅雨 (Rainy Season), Nanmin Matsuri (Naminoue Shrine)Okinawa Lunar Calendar, 5th month 4th day: ユッカヌヒー

 

JuneSagaribana (Powderpuff Trees): サガリバナ, Uta-no-hi 歌の日: Songs Day, Irei-no-hi 慰霊の日: War Memorial Day

 

JulyTanabata, “Star Festival”: 七夕Summer festivals: 夏祭り,  Okinawa’s bon dance, Eisa: エイサーBeach BBQ party: ビーチパーティー, Haebaru Sunflowers, Ocean Day, Moon Beach Luau

 

AugustOkinawa Obon: 御盆 (旧盆)Summer Gift-giving: 御中元,  Tug of War: 大綱引き, Mountain Day, Miruku-kami: ミルク神 (Obon)

 

SeptemberTsukimi: 月見, Autumn Equinox (秋分), Shuri Castle Mid-Autumn Banquet, Respect for the Aged Day: 敬老の日8th Lunar month in Okinawa: ハチグヮチ (八月)Okinawa Lion Dance: 獅子舞

 

October: Sports Day, Juusanya (Moon-viewing, pt. 2)

 

November: Culture Day (文化の日), Shichi-go-san (七五三), Labor Thanksgiving Day (勤労感謝の日)

 

December: Christmas, Emperor’s Birthday, Bonenkai: 忘年会, New Years Eve

 


Other special events:

A Wedding in Okinawa: 結婚式

Child’s 1st birthday, tanka-yu-eh: タンカユーエー

Industry Product Fairs: 産業祭り