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NATIONAL FOUNDATION DAY (JAPAN)

When is National Foundation Day (Japan) in 2019?

National Foundation Day (Japan) in 2019 is on the Monday, 11th of Feb (2/11/2019).

National Foundation Day (Japan) is on the 42th day of 2019. There are 323 days left in the year.

National Foundation Day (Japan) Facts

  • Date: Feb 11, 2019
  • National
  • Also Called: kenkoku kinen-no-hi
  • Celebrations: Raising of Japanese National Flags
National Foundation Day (Japan)

The National Foundation Day is a public holiday in Japan and is celebrated every year on 11th February. The day is celebrated to commemorate the formation of the nation and also for the establishment of the imperial line by the first Japanese ruler, Jimmu.

The day originally coincided with the New Year's Day according to the Chinese calendar and it is believed that Emperor Jimmu took the throne on this day. According to the Gregorian calendar, the day fell on January 29, which is the date when the festival was originally celebrated. It was then called the Empire Day. It was in 1873 that the Japanese Government decided to shift the day to 11th February, in order to make people realize the importance of the Foundation Day. The government did not disclose the exact calculations used but propagated this day as the day when Jimmu took to the throne.

The National Flag is raised which is followed by a speech by the Prime Minister of Japan. In the era before the Second World War, this day was celebrated with a great passion. After the abolishment and the re-establishment of this day, there is no grandeur associated with the day. The schools and offices in Japan remain closed on this day and people often restrict themselves indoors.

No grand parades or ceremonies are organized on the National Foundation Day of Japan. Although people can be seen waving the Japanese flags. The day is largely seen as one with only political significance. It was on this day in 1946 that the model Constitution was approved by General McArthur.

National Foundation Day (Japan) Observances

DAY
DATE
HOLIDAY NAME
  • Wed
  • Feb 11, 2009
  • National Foundation Day
  • Thu
  • Feb 11, 2010
  • National Foundation Day
  • Fri
  • Feb 11, 2011
  • National Foundation Day
  • Sat
  • Feb 11, 2012
  • National Foundation Day

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of Japan in 2018

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
MondayMonJan 01, 2018Jan 01New Year's Day
TuesdayTueJan 02, 2018Jan 02New Year's Day Holiday
WednesdayWedJan 03, 2018Jan 03New Year's Day Holiday
MondayMonJan 08, 2018Jan 08Coming of Age Day
SundaySunFeb 11, 2018Feb 11National Foundation Day
MondayMonFeb 12, 2018Feb 12Foundation Day Observed
WednesdayWedMar 21, 2018Mar 21Spring Equinox
SundaySunApr 29, 2018Apr 29Showa Day
MondayMonApr 30, 2018Apr 30Showa Day Observed
ThursdayThuMay 03, 2018May 03Constitution Memorial Day
FridayFriMay 04, 2018May 04Greenery Day
SaturdaySatMay 05, 2018May 05Children's Day
MondayMonJul 16, 2018Jul 16Marine Day
SaturdaySatAug 11, 2018Aug 11Mountain Day
SaturdaySatAug 25, 2018Aug 25Festival of Souls (Obon)
MondayMonSep 17, 2018Sep 17Respect for the Aged Day
SundaySunSep 23, 2018Sep 23Autumn Equinox Day
MondayMonSep 24, 2018Sep 24Autumn Equinox Observed
MondayMonOct 08, 2018Oct 08Sports Day
SaturdaySatNov 03, 2018Nov 03Culture Day
FridayFriNov 23, 2018Nov 23Labor Thanksgiving Day
SundaySunDec 23, 2018Dec 23Emperor's Birthday
MondayMonDec 24, 2018Dec 24Emperor's Birthday Observed
TuesdayTueDec 25, 2018Dec 25Christmas Day
MondayMonDec 31, 2018Dec 31Omisoka