Japan's year-end event CLEANING UP

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This year's business will end today, December 29th 2020.

This year we started this site and this blog also started this year. There are still some points that have yet to be reached, but we will continue to do our best from now on.


By the way, one of the annual events in Japan at the end of the year is CLEANING UP.



年末大掃除とは、年末に会社や自宅内を清掃して、気持ち良く新年を迎えるための作業であるとともに・・・
実際には自分や家族が気持ち良く年を越す目的ではなく、自宅の煤払い(すすはらい)を行い、神様を迎える準備をすることが目的です。煤払いそのものは平安時代から続いており、1年間に蓄積した自宅のホコリやすすを落とすための行事として根付いたようです。
Cleaning at the end of the year is not for cleaning the office and home at the end of the year and welcoming the New Year comfortably, or for yourself and your family to spend the year comfortably, but actually cleaning your home and preparing to welcome God. To do it. This event has been going on since the Heian period, and seems to have taken root as an event to remove the dust accumulated at home during the year.


江戸時代には12月13日を煤払いの日として定め、現代の年末大掃除につながっているとされています。そのため、12月13日は「はじめの日」とも呼ばれ、お正月に向けて様々な準備を始めるのに縁起が良く、大掃除は12月13日から始めて、12月28日に終わるのが習わしとされています。

In the Edo period, December 13th was set as the cleaning day, which is said to have led to the modern year-end general cleaning. For this reason, December 13th is also called the "First Day" and is considered to be a lucky day to start various preparations for the New Year. It is customary to start CLEANING UP on December 13th and end on December 28th. 

 

また12月29日、31日と1月1日に大掃除はしてはいけないといわれています。
理由は、12月29日は9が付く日であり「苦」と読めることから縁起が悪いとされ、12月31日の大晦日については、31日に大掃除を行って正月飾りを飾ることは「一夜飾り」といわれ、急遽用意をした印象を与えるため望ましくない。
1月1日は、元旦に大掃除をすると福を掃除してしまうということから、福が逃げるといわれており縁起が悪いといわれています。

It is also said that you should not clean up on December 29th, 31st and January 1st.
The reason is that December 29th is the day with 9 and it is said to be unlucky because it can be read as "suffer".
On New Year's Eve on December 31st, cleaning up on the 31st and decorating the New Year's decorations is said to be an "overnight decoration" and is not desirable because it gives the impression of being prepared in a hurry.
On January 1st, it is said that fortune will escape because if you do a big cleaning on New Year's Day, you will clean up fortune and comes unlucky.


Let's clean up early and get ready for the new year!!