成人の日 Coming of Age

成人の日 seijin no hi is a Japanese holiday held annually on the second Monday of January, which, surprise surprise is today. It used to be on the 15th of January until the year 2000 where they changed it to the second Monday which was a result of the Happy Monday System. The Happy Monday system is a system where holidays are moved to Mondays so that the Japanese gets a 3-day weekend holiday.  This ceremony is held to congratulate the Japanese for turning 20  and to encourage them to realize that they are already adults.

20 is the age where the people are fully subjected to the law if they commit unlawful acts. They get the right to vote, buy

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and drink alcohol, buy tobacco products.

The ceremony 成人式 seijin shiki are held by the government for those who turn 20 between April 2 of the previous year and April 1 of the current one. At the ceremony, women will dress up in furisode, a type of kimono. They will visit beauty salons to get beautified and rent very expensive kimonos for the event. Men would wear the hakama, but more recently they have been wearing western suits. After the ceremony, the young adults would often go out in groups and go to parties.

 

Pictures credit to google images.

Sources:

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