Happy Monday System

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The Happy Monday System (ハッピーマンデー制度 Happī Mandē Seido?) refers to a set of modifications to Japanese law in 1998[1] and 2001[2] to move a number of public holidays in Japan to Mondays, creating a three-day weekend for those who normally have a five-day work week.

Public holidays in Japan
Date Moved to Monday English name Local name Romanization
January 1 No New Year's Day 元日 Ganjitsu
2nd Monday of January Since 2000 Coming of Age Day 成人の日 Seijin no hi
February 11 No National Foundation Day 建国記念の日 Kenkoku kinen no hi
March 20 or March 21 No Vernal Equinox Day 春分の日 Shunbun no hi
April 29 No Shōwa Day 昭和の日 Shōwa no hi
May 3 No Constitution Memorial Day 憲法記念日 Kenpō kinenbi
May 4 No Greenery Day みどりの日 Midori no hi
May 5 No Children's Day 子供の日 Kodomo no hi
3rd Monday of July Since 2003 Marine Day 海の日 Umi no hi
3rd Monday of September Since 2003 Respect for the Aged Day 敬老の日 Keirō no hi
September 23 or September 24 No Autumnal Equinox Day 秋分の日 Shūbun no hi
2nd Monday of October Since 2000 Health and Sports Day 体育の日 Taiiku no hi
November 3 No Culture Day 文化の日 Bunka no hi
November 23 No Labour Thanksgiving Day 勤労感謝の日 Kinrō kansha no hi
December 23 No The Emperor's Birthday 天皇誕生日 Tennō tanjōbi

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