Japanese annual events in Spring The vernal equinox is the day when the sun reaches the vernal equinox and the day and night are the same length. It usually takes place around March 21, and is designated as a national holiday. In Japan, it falls on the week of the Higan. For Buddhists, it means the next world. It is believed that the spirits of our ancestors return to this world during this time, and people visit the graves of their family members and clean up the graves, offer flowers and burn incense. One of Japan’s most famous events is hanami, or cherry blossom viewing, which takes place between March and April when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. People all over Japan enjoy hanami (cherry blossom viewing). People spread a rug under the cherry blossom trees and hold a Hanami party with their families and co-workers. This is the time of year when beer cans turn pink, unusual weather forecasts are shown on TV, and stations are filled with pictures of flowers – the whole country is in the mood for hanami. March and April are the best months of the year for many Japanese. The cherry blossoms all over Japan are in full bloom for 7 to 10 days, and outdoor parties are held to view them. It’s also a great time to visit Japan and everyone gets into the party spirit with the pleasant warmth of the weather before summer begins.