Today is 「海の日」 (Sea Day) in Japan.
This is a holiday to remember the sea and all that it provides.
(Click here to read the post I wrote at last year’s 「海の日」 (Sea Day).)
Today is Monday and it’s a national holiday in Japan therefore Japan has a three-day weekend now. 「海の日」 (Sea Day) is always on a Monday, so it’s always a three-day weekend.
But it wasn’t always like this.
Actually when I first came to Japan, there was no 「海の日」 (Sea Day) holiday. There were no holidays in Japan during July at all.
This holiday started a few years after I came here. And it was always on the 20th of July.
Then about six or seven years ago, the Japanese government decided to start what is called the 「ハッピー・マンデー制度」 (“Happy Monday System“) in Japan.
Under this system, all national holidays that don’t fall on a date that can’t be changed (such as the Emperor’s Birthday, New Year’s, etc) now fall on the closest Monday.
So now 「海の日」 (Sea Day) is on the third Monday of July rather than July 20.
Does your country have a system for holidays on a Monday to make three-day-weekends?