Public Holidays 2016 and 2017
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In 2015, employees in Japan are entitled to 15 national public holidays. Mountain Day (11 August) will be added as the 16th national holiday in 2016. According to the amendment made in the Public Holiday Law, this new holiday is intended to strengthen the appreciation of mountains in Japan.
The Golden Week is known to be one of Japan’s busiest holiday seasons as there are four national holidays within one week. The national holidays that make up the Golden Week are Shōwa Day (29 April), Constitution Memorial Day (3 May), Greenary Day (4 May) and Children’s Day (5 May).
Similarly, the term Silver Week is used to make up the consecutive holidays in September. The first Silver Week occurred in 2009 where Japanese get to enjoy a five-day holiday.
Unlike the Golden Week which occurs annually, Silver Week occurs every 5-7 years. The national holidays that make up the Silver Week are Respect for the Aged Day (September), Autumnal Equinox (23 September) and Kokumin nokyūjitsu, known also as Citizen’s Holiday, which is an extra holiday between the 2 national holidays.
* Mountain Day is a new holiday for the first time in 2016.
|1 Jan||Fri||New Year's Day|
|11 Jan||Mon||Coming of Age Day|
|11 Feb||Thu||National Foundation Day|
|20 Mar||Sun||Vernal Equinox Day|
|21 Mar||Mon||Vernal Equinox Day Holiday|
|29 Apr||Fri||Shōwa Day|
|3 May||Tue||Constitution Memorial Day|
|4 May||Wed||Greenery Day|
|5 May||Thu||Children's Day|
|18 Jul||Mon||Marine Day|
|11 Aug||Thu||Mountain Day *|
|19 Sep||Mon||Respect-for-the-Aged Day|
|22 Sep||Thu||Autumnal Equinox Day|
|10 Oct||Mon||Health and Sports Day|
|3 Nov||Thu||Culture Day|
|23 Nov||Wed||Labour Thanksgiving Day|
|23 Dec||Fri||The Emperor's Birthday|
|1 Jan||Sun||New Year's Day|
|2 Jan||Mon||New Year's Day Holiday|
|9 Jan||Mon||Coming of Age Day|
|11 Feb||Sat||National Foundation Day|
|20 Mar||Mon||Vernal Equinox Day|
|29 Apr||Sat||Shōwa Day|
|3 May||Wed||Constitution Memorial Day|
|4 May||Thu||Greenery Day|
|5 May||Fri||Children's Day|
|17 Jul||Mon||Marine Day|
|11 Aug||Fri||Mountain Day|
|18 Sep||Mon||Respect-for-the-Aged Day|
|23 Sep||Sat||Autumnal Equinox Day|
|9 Oct||Mon||Health and Sports Day|
|3 Nov||Fri||Culture Day|
|23 Nov||Thu||Labour Thanksgiving Day|
|23 Dec||Sat||The Emperor's Birthday|