What does “Greenery Day”, one of the holidays in Golden Week, mean? In this article, we check when Greenery Day will be in 2021 and the difference between “Greenery Day” and “Showa Day”. Furthermore, what will happen to Emperor Showa’s birthday, why Emperor Taisho’s birthday is not a holiday, and “Greenery Day” may disappear …? I will also introduce the question collectively.
“Greenery Day” is May 4, 2021
“Greenery Day” in 2020 is May 4, 2020 (Monday). May 3rd (Sun) is “Constitution Memorial Day” and May 5th (Tue) is “Children’s Day”. Furthermore, since May 3rd, the Constitution Memorial Day, will be Sunday in 2020, May 6th (Wednesday) will also be a holiday as this transfer holiday. In other words, in 2020, there will be consecutive holidays from May 3 (Sun) to May 6 (Wed).
Also, many of you may have remembered that “Greenery Day = April 29” before. There is a history of changes in the days from the creation of “Greenery Day” to the time it was set on May 4th.
Origin of “Greenery Day”, difference from “Showa Day”
In the past, “Greenery Day” was April 29th, but now that day is “Showa Day”. So what is the difference between “Greenery Day” and “Showa Day” and how did this holiday come about?
Meaning and origin of “Greenery Day”
According to the “Law Concerning National Holidays” that enacts Japanese holidays, the purpose of “Greenery Day” is stated as “getting close to nature, thanking for its benefits, and nurturing a rich heart” on May 4th. It has been decided. Before “Greenery Day”, May 4th was a weekday. However, since May 4th is sandwiched between “Constitution Memorial Day” on May 3rd and “Children’s Day” on May 5th, it is a provisional holiday with the day between the holidays as a holiday. It was supposed to be.
With the creation of “Greenery Day”, there will be three consecutive holidays from May 3rd to May 5th, and “Greenery Day” has the meaning of a day that values nature and greenery.
Until 2006, April 29th was “Greenery Day”
“Greenery Day” was first created in 1989 (Showa 64), and was established on April 29th. Originally, April 29th was the birthday of Emperor Showa, and the Showa era was a holiday of “The Emperor’s Birthday”. However, when Emperor Showa was demise in 1989, the Emperor’s birthday changed from April 29th to December 23rd.
Along with that, the holiday of April 29 was supposed to return to a weekday, but this day was one of the holidays of Golden Week, and there was concern that it would have a great impact on the lives of the people. Therefore, the revised Holiday Law was enforced to make April 29 a holiday called “Greenery Day” and keep it as a holiday.
The name “Greenery Day” comes from the fact that Emperor Showa loved nature as a biologist.
April 29, 2020 is “Showa Day”
It has been about 20 years since April 29th became “Greenery Day”. In 2007, the Holidays Law was amended again, and “Greenery Day”, which was April 29, was moved to May 4, and April 29 was designated as “Showa Day”.
Meaning of “Showa Day”
“Showa Day” was originally derived from the birthday of Emperor Showa on April 29, and according to the “Law Concerning National Holidays”, the purpose is “the Showa era, which was reconstructed after turbulent days.” And think about the future of the country. “
Showa has a history of great economic development from the outbreak of World War II and the devastation of the war. “Showa Day” has the meaning of looking back on the Showa era and thinking about it without letting the turbulent times fade away.
Will “Greenery Day” disappear? What will happen?
April 29th changed from “The Emperor’s Birthday” to “Greenery Day” and is now called “Showa Day”. And as “Greenery Day” moved from April 29th to May 4th, the names and dates of the holidays have changed, so some people are worried that “Greenery Day will disappear?” maybe.
Japanese holidays are announced based on the “National Holidays Law”, but as of April 2020, they have been clarified until the 2021 holidays. According to it, May 4, 2021 is designated as a holiday of “Greenery Day”.
Let’s make “Greenery Day” a day to come into contact with nature
“Greenery Day” on May 4th is a day to get close to nature and appreciate the blessings of nature. It was the perfect season for going out for holidays, just like Golden Week, but at present, we are refraining from going out to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus infection. When you’re calm, why not spend some time in contact with nature by visiting zoos and aquariums, as well as gardens and botanical gardens full of greenery.