Thursday, April 29, 2010

Golden Week

"Golden Week" has began. It refers to the period from April 29th to May 5th including four holidays which are Showa Day(the birthday of the former Emperor, April 29th), Constitution Memorial Day(May 3rd), Greenery Day(May 4th) and the boys festival(May 5th).

By including weekends and taking a vacation on April 30th, many people have a week of holidays this year. Many Japanese go somewhere during Golden Week holidays.

Decades ago, I went to China during Golden Week holidays. Then, I saw some women in red suits. I heard that they were brides and many Chinese couples got married around the time of May Day. I don't know whether it's different now. Even in China, the holiday-studded week including May Day is called "Golden Week(黄金週)" now.

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