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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 2019

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
TuesdayTueJan 01, 2019Jan 01New Year's Day
MondayMonJan 14, 2019Jan 14Coming of Age Day
MondayMonFeb 11, 2019Feb 11National Foundation Day
ThursdayThuMar 21, 2019Mar 21Spring Equinox
MondayMonApr 29, 2019Apr 29Showa Day
FridayFriMay 03, 2019May 03Constitution Memorial Day
SaturdaySatMay 04, 2019May 04Greenery Day
SundaySunMay 05, 2019May 05Children's Day
MondayMonMay 06, 2019May 06Children's Day Observed
MondayMonJul 15, 2019Jul 15Marine Day
SundaySunAug 11, 2019Aug 11Mountain Day
MondayMonAug 12, 2019Aug 12Mountain Day Holiday
ThursdayThuAug 15, 2019Aug 15Festival of Souls (Obon)
MondayMonSep 16, 2019Sep 16Respect for the Aged Day
MondayMonSep 23, 2019Sep 23Autumn Equinox Day
MondayMonOct 14, 2019Oct 14Health and Sports Day
SundaySunNov 03, 2019Nov 03Culture Day
SaturdaySatNov 23, 2019Nov 23Labor Thanksgiving Day
WednesdayWedDec 25, 2019Dec 25Christmas Day
TuesdayTueDec 31, 2019Dec 31Omisoka