Rokuyo (six-day week), 六曜

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Rokuyo (six-day week), 六曜 There are seven days in a week, but there is a calendar with a cycle of six days a week.

一週間は七日間ですが、一週間が六日のカレンダーもあります。

It is called rokuyo

 これを六曜と言います。 

The six-day system isn't official, but it is still in use in everyday lives of Japanese people.

普通のカレンダーと違い、公式なものではありませんが、日々の暮らしの中で今でも使われています。

If you are careful in looking at Japanese calendars, you will notice some calendars have the indications of rokuyo.

日本のカレンダーを詳しく見れば、六曜の表示がついているものがあります。

Daian or Butsumetsu is one of rokuyo.

大安や仏滅はこの六曜のひとつにあたります。

Daian literally means "great luck" and Butsumetsu "Buddha death."

文字通り訳せば、大安はもっとも運のいい日、仏滅はお釈迦さまが亡くなった日のことです。

Of course, it's a superstition. No one believes it.

もちろん迷信にすぎません。誰も信じていません。

Rokuyo (six-day week), 六曜

But people choose a daian day whey they hold a wedding ceremony because it is usually held only once in their lives.

でも、やっぱり結婚式は大安にしたいです。一生に一度のことですから。

Japanese people seem to like believing in omens.

日本人は縁起をかつぐのがすきなようです。

 


19 Jun 2017


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