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Welcome Winter Day Was on November 8th

Date Posted: 1999-11-13

Monday, November 8th, was Welcome Winter Day or “Rittou”, in Japanese. Winter is believed to start just after the day named “Rittou”.

This Welcome Winter Day is one of the 24 numbers of season descriptions according to the lunar calendar. The lunar calendar originated in China. It divided the positions of the sun into 24 ecliptic points and made 24 descriptions of the season. Four main seasonal descriptions with this system are: the First Day of Spring, that is about 4th of February every year; the First Day of Summer around 6th of July; the First Day of Autumn, around 8th of August; and Welcome Winter Day, which occurred last Monday.

The lunar calendar was once used in Japan until a reversion to the solar calendar system was held in 1873, which has been in use since then.

However, the 24 seasonal description method based on the lunar calendar still features in the solar calendars of nowadays. The All Japan Rice Snacks Industrial Union also designated the same day as Rice Cracker and Rice Cake Cubes Day.

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