Holidays in Japanese

Welcome to the Rocket Japanese lesson on Holidays. Today we’ll go over holidays in Japanese that you might find important and several others you might find just as important as the people in Japan do.

There are a number of special holidays in Japan that you'll find useful to know, especially if you're planing on traveling.

After this lesson you'll be able to pronounce all the holidays in Japanese.

Pronunciation of holidays in Japanese

Let's begin with some general holidays and events:

たんじょうび

誕生日

Tanjōbi

Birthday

クリスマス

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Kurisumasu

Christmas

がんたん

元旦

Gantan

New Year's Day

ちち の ひ

父の日

Chichi no hi

Father's Day

はは の ひ

母の日

Haha no hi

Mother's Day

こども の ひ

子供の日

Kodomo no hi

Children's Day

ろうどう の ひ

労働の日

Rōdō no hi

Labor Day

かんしゃさい

感謝祭

Kanshasai

Thanksgiving

イースター

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Īsutā

Easter

バレンタイン デー

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Barentain dē

Valentine's Day

エイプリル フール デー

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Eipuriru fūru dē

April Fool's Day

ハヌカー

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Hanukā

Hanukkah

ハロウィーン

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Harowiin

Halloween

どくり つきねんび

独立記念日

Dokuritsu kinenbi

Independence Day

Here are some Japanese holidays that you may not have heard before:

せいじん の ひ

成人の日

Seijin no hi

Coming of Age Day

てんのう たんじょうび

天皇誕生日

Tennō tanjōbi

The Emperor's Birthday

きんろう かんしゃ の ひ

勤労感謝の日

Kinrō kansha no hi

Labour Thanksgiving Day

しゅんぶん の ひ

春分の日

Shunbun no hi

Spring Equinox Day

たいいく の ひ

体育の日

Taiiku no hi

Health and Sports Day

There are plenty of other festivals and national holidays so if you're visiting Japan, make sure you know when these holidays are and how they will effect your trip. Happy holiday-ing!

For more lessons on Japanese vocabulary I recommend these!

Sayōnara!

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Sayaka Matsuura
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