I hope it would be of interest to know about the japanese holidays which are quite different to ours.
The dates given below are for year 2006:
|1st Jan ||New Years Day |
|15th Jan ||Coming of Age Day |
|11st Feb ||Foundation Day |
|29th Apr ||Green Day |
|3rd May ||Constitution Day |
|4th May ||National Day |
|5th May ||Children's Day |
|20th Jul ||Marine Day |
|15th Sep ||Respect for the Aged Day |
|10th Oct ||Physical Culture Day |
|3rd Nov ||Culture Day |
|23rd Nov ||Thanksgiving |
|23rd Dec ||The Emperors Birthday |
Constitution Day, National's Day and Children's day are three adjacent holidays always starting on a Wednesday which means within a range of 9 days, you have only 2 days of work. This is the japanese "Golden Week" mentioned in some anime (Hikaru no Go, Bottle Fairies.)
Japanese usually also celebrate Valentine's Day ('Barentainzu': Kareshi Kanojo no Jijo)... well at least some of them do but they do it different. On Valentines day the girls give (home made?) chocolate to their beloved.
Another christian holiday usually celebrated (without the religious background) is the christmas evening ('kurisumasu': To Heart, Sister Princess) but it never had the legal status of an official holiday.
If you know more about japanese holidays please feel free to contact Sakura-chan.