Gantan Sai (New Years) – Shinto
On this New Year’s Day, the followers of the Shinto religion visit shrines to pray for the renewal of their heart, prosperity and health in the year to come. The Japanese celebrate the 7 day holiday by making visits to their friends and family to express their good wishes for the year to come. They also wear their finest clothes on this day.
12th January International Earth Chakra Day
International Earth Chakra Day is a global day of celebration and collaboration, an opportunity to spread a wave of energy around the Earth to support planetary healing and cosmic consciousness.
1 Feb, World Hijab Day
February 1st, 2013 marked the first annual World Hijab Day (WHD) in recognition of millions of Muslim women who choose to wear the hijab. It’s estimated that people in 190 countries take part in World Hijab Day every year. WHD has many volunteers and ambassadors worldwide to conduct WHD events in order to bring awareness about hijab. By opening up new pathways to understanding, World Hijab Day hopes to counteract some of the controversies surrounding why Muslim women choose to wear the hijab.
Chinese New Year (date varies from year to year)
The Chinese New Year falls on the first day of the Chinese calendar, and continues for 15 days. During celebrations people clean their houses to drive away the bad luck of the previous year. 2022 is the year of the Tiger.
~ 3rd Feb, Setsubun Sai (Shinto)
Setsuban Sai is a Shinto New Year celebration based on Japan’s old lunar calendar. It is celebrated as a good luck festival and a celebration of the traditional beginning of Spring.