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Does Japan celebrate Easter?
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Do they even have an Easter break with chocolate and 5 day holiday?
Or is it like Christmas?
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Easter's a commercial holiday in Japan
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It's like Christmas, a commercial holiday there. Unless they are a Christian family they'll see it as something like Valentine's Day or something. It's not a holiday based on religion or anything big just a day with some event going on that they don't care about.
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OP, if you didn't know, Easter is actually the most important holiday to Christians. Greater in importance than Christmas. There is only a very small percentage of Christians in Japan, so not many people in Japan recognize the holiday in a religious way. I didn't even know they celebrated Easter in Japan until I read a couple of posts in this thread.
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How do christians feel when other people celebrate their religious holiday in such a shallow way?

Easter is about chocolate eggs
Christmas is about getting free stuff
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Dubnoman wrote:

OP, if you didn't know, Easter is actually the most important holiday to Christians. Greater in importance than Christmas. There is only a very small percentage of Christians in Japan, so not many people in Japan recognize the holiday in a religious way. I didn't even know they celebrated Easter in Japan until I read a couple of posts in this thread.


Does Japan have a prevailing religion in their country or do they just have a lot of different beliefs? I know in anime the only inferences about religion I ever see are them praying at shrines (but that seems to do more with the belief in luck) and believing in an afterlife.
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FlyinDumpling wrote:

How do christians feel when other people celebrate their religious holiday in such a shallow way?

Easter is about chocolate eggs
Christmas is about getting free stuff


People can celebrate it however they want (imo as a Christian). I see Christmas and Easter in my own way due to religion and other people see it their own way due to their beliefs, fine by me.
Posted 4/16/14

LightningChocobo wrote:

Does Japan have a prevailing religion in their country or do they just have a lot of different beliefs? I know in anime the only inferences about religion I ever see are them praying at shrines (but that seems to do more with the belief in luck) and believing in an afterlife.


Yes, in Japan the leading religion is shintoism that's why in anime you see a lot of shrines.
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devouringdragons wrote:


LightningChocobo wrote:

Does Japan have a prevailing religion in their country or do they just have a lot of different beliefs? I know in anime the only inferences about religion I ever see are them praying at shrines (but that seems to do more with the belief in luck) and believing in an afterlife.


Yes, in Japan the leading religion is shintoism that's why in anime you see a lot of shrines.


I see. I just just googled shintoism and read up on it and it all makes sense now. Appreciate the reply!
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Actually, most Japanese people are nonreligious, but if you attend a service at a Shinto shrine, they'll count you as a member of the religion.
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Umm.. yes, Easter is celebrated in Japan, just like Christmas.

I didn't notice it until I learned about other religions, but my caretakers and I kind of practiced a little bit of everything. Lots of shrines, praying to both our ancestors and God, as well as other practices found in Mahayana Buddhism ヽ(゜∇゜)ノ.
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TheRealEscargotpudding wrote:

Easter's a commercial holiday in Japan





MonkeysxMoo35 wrote:

It's like Christmas, a commercial holiday there. Unless they are a Christian family they'll see it as something like Valentine's Day or something. It's not a holiday based on religion or anything big just a day with some event going on that they don't care about.



So does a lot of the population exchange gifts?

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LightningChocobo wrote:


Dubnoman wrote:

OP, if you didn't know, Easter is actually the most important holiday to Christians. Greater in importance than Christmas. There is only a very small percentage of Christians in Japan, so not many people in Japan recognize the holiday in a religious way. I didn't even know they celebrated Easter in Japan until I read a couple of posts in this thread.


Does Japan have a prevailing religion in their country or do they just have a lot of different beliefs? I know in anime the only inferences about religion I ever see are them praying at shrines (but that seems to do more with the belief in luck) and believing in an afterlife.


From what I studied back in college, apparently a majority of Japanese people consider themselves non-religious. Although they do practice both Buddhist and Shinto ceremonies and rituals, they view it more as a matter of tradition than a matter of belief. That said, Japanese people are said to be 'spiritual' in the sense that many hold something of a belief in spirits and possibly a sort of afterlife, though I think the average Japanese person doesn't really preoccupy themselves with it.

Japanese people celebrate a number of foreign holidays, but it's entirely secular.
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DRHILL wrote:

Do they even have an Easter break with chocolate and 5 day holiday?
Or is it like Christmas?


Even in America school children don't get time off for Easter since it's on Sunday each year. You go to school the next day. The only thing Easter is for here is for chocolate company's to make some big money.
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kilikikero wrote:

. . .A majority of Japanese people consider themselves non-religious. Although they do practice both Buddhist and Shinto ceremonies and rituals, they view it more as a matter of tradition than a matter of belief. That said, Japanese people are said to be 'spiritual' in the sense. . .though I think the average Japanese person doesn't really preoccupy themselves with it.

My caretakers strongly hold their belief in religion, but it is very true that it's mainly practiced out of tradition--for me at least.



Khaltazar wrote:

Even in America school children don't get time off for Easter since it's on Sunday each year. You go to school the next day. The only thing Easter is for here is for chocolate company's to make some big money.

I moved to America during Spring last year, and we get over a week for Easter. Four days before Easter, and the whole week after. Then again, I go to a private college and it's a Christian school, so that may have something to do with it lol.
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