Imperial Accession Set to Bring 10-Day Golden Week in 2019Society
Japanese people will enjoy 10 consecutive days off in Golden Week 2019, due to a special national holiday for when Crown Prince Naruhito becomes emperor. At the first meeting of a committee that will decide the particulars of ceremonies related to the imperial succession, the accession of the new emperor was scheduled for May 1, 2019, which will become a national holiday. The enthronement ceremony is due to take place on October 22, 2019, and will also be a national holiday. An official announcement is expected to be made after the extraordinary Diet session this autumn. According to laws pertaining to national holidays, a weekday sandwiched between two holidays also becomes a holiday. This means April 30 and May 2 will also become holidays, making Golden Week 10 consecutive days long next year.
A national holiday for the emperor’s birthday will be held for the last time on December 23 in 2018. After his abdication, it will become a regular day. The new emperor’s birthday is February 23, and this will be celebrated as a holiday from 2020 onwards. This means that there will be no national holiday for the emperor’s birthday in 2019.
National Holidays in 2019
|New Year’s Day||January 1|
|Coming of Age Day||January 14|
|National Foundation Day||February 11|
|Vernal Equinox Day||March 21|
|Shōwa Day||April 29|
|Accession of new emperor||May 1|
|Constitution Memorial Day||May 3|
|Greenery Day||May 4|
|Children’s Day||May 5|
|Children’s Day (observed)||May 6|
|Marine Day||July 15|
|Mountain Day||August 11|
|Mountain Day (observed)||August 12|
|Respect for the Aged Day||September 16|
|Autumnal Equinox Day||September 23|
|Health and Sports Day||October 14|
|Enthronement ceremony||October 22|
|Culture Day||November 3|
|Culture Day (observed)||November 4|
|Labor Thanksgiving Day||November 23|
The highlighted national holidays above are scheduled to be officially determined at the extraordinary Diet session beginning on October 24. They are one-off holidays for 2019 only.
Compiled by Nippon.com based on data from the Cabinet Office website.
(Translated from Japanese. Banner photo © Pixta.)