Hakata Dontaku Festival

Hakata Dontaku Festival
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From Tue 17 March 2020 to Mon 4 May 2020
From Tuesday 17 March 2020 to Monday 4 May 2020
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Ended

Held in Fukuoka on the 3rd and 4th of May each year, the Dontaku Festival is one of the most popularly attended festivals in Japan and is said to be the most popular held during the golden week holiday. Over the two days of dances and processions, an estimated 2 million people cheer on the participants.
The festival itself features teams of extravagantly costumed dancers as well as decorated floats called
(flower cars).
The name of the festival comes from the Dutch word
– meaning Sunday. However, the origins of the festival are much earlier. Dating back to 1179, the festival was known as Torimon and was a celebration of the Chinese New Year. At the beginning of the Meiji period (Japan’s opening up to the world after the isolation of the Edo period) the festival was banned due to its perceived extravagance. It was soon revived by the citizens of Fukuoka with a new name – the Dontaku Festival.

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