Cuti umum ke-2 adalah Midori no Hi (Greenery Day). Di Jepun ada beberapa cuti umum untuk menghargai alam seperti Greenery Day, Marine Day, Spring Equinox and Autumn Equinox (ada upacara keagamaan Jepun semasa Ekuinoks). Di sebalik itu, cuti umum di Malaysia banyak yang berkaitan dengan acara keagamaan yang berkaitan dengan agama utama di Malaysia. Asalnya agama Shinto (atau mungkin cara hidup mereka kerana ada yang mengatakan shinto bukan agama) adalah berkaitan dengan menghormati dan menghargai alam seperti gunung, hutan, sungai dan lain2. Petikan yang diambil dari WIKI.
Greenery Day (みどりの日, Midori no hi) is a Japanese holiday. Between 1989 and 2006 it was celebrated on April 29. In 2007 Greenery Day was moved to May 4.
In 1989, following the accession to the Chrysanthemum Throne of the current Emperor Akihito, the name “Birthday of the Emperor” was changed to “Greenery Day”. Officially, as its name suggests, it is a day to commune with nature, to be thankful for blessings, and to foster an abundant spirit. The day was renamed to “Greenery Day” to acknowledge the controversial wartime emperor’s love for plants without directly mentioning his name. However, in practice it is seen as just another day that expands the Japanese Golden Week vacation.
In 2007, Greenery Day moved to May 4, and April 29 was changed to Shōwa Day in accordance with a 2005 revision of the law pertaining to public holidays. The Shōwa Emperor reigned for 62 years and 2 weeks. On May 3, 1947, he became a symbol of Japan by the new constitution of the country.
Some found the decision to reintroduce Shōwa Day controversial, claiming that it could raise anti-Japanese sentiment in Japan’s neighbours who still harbour hostile feelings for Japan’s expansionist policies during World War II.
In that Greenery Day is dedicated to nature, it is similar to holidays such as Earth Day and Arbor Day. However, Greenery Day is not the same as other environmentally-focused holidays. Each holiday has its own meaning, history and tradition, so it is not appropriate to equate Greenery Day with other holidays.
しゅんぶん (shunbun) – spring equinox
しゅぶん (shubun) – autumn equinox
れんきゅう (renkyuu) – consecutive holidays
だいきゅう (daikyuu) – substitute holiday
かんしゃ (kansya) – thankful, grateful