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Festivity - Japanese New Year
The Japanese celebrate New Year's Day is on January 1 each year. Before 1873, the Japanese New Year (shogatsu or oshogatsu) was based on the Chinese lunisolar calendar and celebrated at the beginning of spring.

However, in 1873, Japan adopted the Gregorian calendar and the first day of January is the official New Year's Day in modern Japan. It is considered by most Japanese to be one of the most important annual festivals. People eat a special selection of dishes during the New Year celebration called osechi-ryori popularly called to osechi.

Most businesses shut down from January 1 to January 3, and families typically gather to spend the days together. It is a day of Cleaning up Minds, Homes, Debts and Spirits.

Although Christmas cards exist in Japan, most people send traditional New Year's postcards called Nengajyo, to friends, relatives and business associates. People are happy to receive and read those nengajyo on New Year's Day. Japanese post offices accept New Year's cards from mid-December, and they deliver them on New Year Day. Prepaid New Year's postcards with lottery numbers are now getting popular.

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