Exploring Traditional Japanese New Year Decorations

Continue celebrating Japanese New Year.

Boston Children's Museum

The Japanese New Year is an annual festival with its own customs. Since 1873, the official Japanese New Year has been celebrated according to the Gregorian calendar, on January 1 of each year, New Year's Day. Prior to 1873 the holiday was celebrated on the first day of the lunar calendar, but in that year the date was changed to January 1.

The Japanese New Year celebration continues with an exploration of traditional Oshogatsu decorations! Take in the rich colors, textures, materials, motifs, and intricate designs with this visual story time. Explore different symbols and materials used to make decorations to celebrate the 2021 Japanese New Year of the Cow, Ushidoshi.

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