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Festivals & Seasonal Celebrations

Subject: Geography / Other Topics
Level: Key Stage 2 / Key Stage 3
Age: 5-7 years / 7-11 years / 11-15 years
Resource Type: Activities / Worksheets / Other

In Japan, there are many festivals and seasonal celebrations throughout the year, from January all the way to the end of the year. Below is a list of lesson links for each and also our complete collection of activity packs!


January

New Year is the most important holiday in the Japanese calendar and celebrations are very different to those in the UK. 
Oshogatsu - Japanese New Year's Celebration Lesson
Japanese New Year Activity Pack

February

The Setsubun festival marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring and is celebrated annually in Japan on 3 February.
Setsubun - Marking the Arrival of Spring Lesson
Setsubun Activity Pack

March

Hina-matsuri is a festival to celebrate the health and happiness of girls and is celebrated every March.
Hina-matsuri - The Doll's Festival Lesson
Hina Matsuri Activity Pack

April

Cherry blossoms are a symbol of spring and people gather together for picnics when the trees are covered in the beautiful pink blossoms.
O Hanami - Cherry Blossom Viewing Lesson
O Hanami Activity Pack

May

The Children’s Festival is a time when families pray for the health and happiness of their children.
Kodomo No Hi - Children's Day Lesson
Children's Day Activity Pack

June

June is known as the rainy season in Japan, which brings heavy rainfall across much of the country. 
Tsuyu - The Rainy Season Lesson
The Rainy Season Activity Pack

July

Tanabata is a summer festival based on an old story which tells of the annual reunion of two lovers in the Milky Way. 
Tanabata - The Star Festival Lesson
Tanabata Activity Pack

August

Obon is one of the most important festivals based on the Buddhist belief that the spirits of ancestors return to their family home at this time.
Obon Festival Lesson
Obon Activity Pack

September/October

Otsukimi or Tsukimi literally means “Moon Viewing” and is an autumn festival celebrating the Harvest Moon. 
Otsukimi - Moon Viewing Lesson
Otsukimi Activity Pack

November

The 7-5-3 Festival is held on November 15 to celebrate children aged 3, 5, and 7 (important milestones for Japanese children in the past).
Shichi-Go-San - The 7-5-3 Festival Lesson
7-5-3 Festival Activity Pack



  Download our winter holiday pack with Christmas origami, kanji writing, and New Year's postcard activities!