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New Year's Day is the most important holiday to celebrate for Japanese.


Most Japanese rest during the first three days of New Year. These three days are very important to spend with family. Many Japanese people visit a Shinto shrine with their family to pray for their health and happiness. We call this "Hatsumode". It literally means the first visit to a Shinto shrine of New Year. When we visit a Shinto shrine, we usually buy good luck charms and draw a fortune-telling paper strip. Hatsumode is a good opportunity for Japanese to wear Kimonos, during there days, you can see some people wearing kimono in Shinto shrines.