Omisoka

Category: Folk
Omisoka in Japan in 2022
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About Omisoka

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Dates of Omisoka
2024 Japan Tuesday, December 31stOmisoka
2023 Japan Sunday, December 31stOmisoka
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2020 Japan Thursday, December 31stOmisoka
Summary
Find out the dates, history and traditions of Omisoka.

Omisoka is the Japanese New Year, and like the Western version of New Year’s, is celebrated on December 31st.

It is considered one of the most important holidays in Japanese culture, second only to January 1st, known as Shogatsu or Japanese New Year’s Day.

Celebrating the close of the old year and ushering in the new one, Japanese people host Bonenkai parties, intended to help forget about the past year, write cards to friends and family, and send gifts. Many families make rice cakes as part of the celebration, and homes are decorated with a sacred Shinto straw rope.

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