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Japan Sports Day

Health and Sports Day (体育の日, Taiiku no hi), also known as Health-Sports Day or Sports Day, is a national holiday in Japan held annually on the second Monday in October. It commemorates the opening of the 1964 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo, and exists to promote sports and an active lifestyle. History and current practice The first Health and Sports Day was held on October 10, 1966, two years after the 1964 Summer Olympics. October was chosen

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Independence Day in the Philippines

Independence Day is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed. What do People do? Independence Day is a day when many people, including government officials, employees, and students, participate in nationwide parades.  However, the main highlight is the police and military parade in Manila headed by the country’s

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Naliyagan Festival

Naliyagan Festival is Agusan del Sur’s province-wide festivity which coincidentally starts on June 12 which is the Philippine Independence Day and culminates on the Foundation Anniversary on June 17. Incepted in 1993 during the incumbency of the late Gov. Democrito O. Plaza, the festival is recognition of the Manobo people’s loyalty to their tribal leader Datu Lipus Makapandong. In 1993,

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Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival

The Pintados Festival is a cultural-religious celebration in Tacloban based on the body-painting traditions of the ancient tattooed “pintados” warriors. In 1986, the Pintados Foundation, Inc. was formed by the people of Tacloban to organize this festival in honor of Sr. Santo Niño. Years later, it was merged with the Kasadyaan Festival which is always held on June 29. History “Pintados,” or “painted people,” is a

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November Upcoming Festivals/Events in Japan

Nigohachi Festival Date: Early Nov Event Schedule: 9:00am – 3:00pm Admission: Free Location: Shiga Hi-Watari  Festival Date: November 3, 2019 Event Schedule: 1:00pm – 4:00pm Admission: Free Location: Hiroshima Shitennoji Wasso Festival Date: November 3, 2019 Event Schedule: 10:30am – 5:00pm Admission: Free Location: Osaka Karatsu Kunchi Festival Date: November 2-4 Admission: Free Location: Saga Karuizawa Momiji Festival Date: Sept.23-Nov.5 Admission: Free Location: Nagano Worldwide

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Mangyans Life and Culture

Mangyan is the generic name for the eight indigenous groups found on the island of Mindoro, southwest of the island of Luzon, the Philippines, each with its own tribal name, language, and customs. The total population maybe around 280,000, but official statistics are difficult to determine under the conditions of remote areas, reclusive tribal groups and some having little if any outside world contact. The

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September Philippines Weather

September overview September is one of the wettest months of the year in the Philippines. The monsoonal rains are particularly prevalent across the northern island of Luzon, which sees the highest levels of rainfall, making the more remote regions less accessible. September also sees an increased risk of typhoons. Whilst it’s true that September is the height of the wet

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Autumn in Japan (September to November)

The tradition of momijigari has been popular since the Heian period (794-1195) and it has had a profound influence on Japanese culture. For Buddhists, it’s a moment that is important both spiritually and symbolically as it reminds us that life is ephemeral. The maple leaf symbolizes a fall in Japanese culture and its use is widespread. Momigari features heavily In eighth-century Manyoshu poetry as well as the classical Heian Period novel ‘The

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