The second Monday of January is a national holiday called Coming-of-Age Day.
Local governments hold special ceremonies to honor those who reach the age of 20 during the year. Many women celebrate by wearing elegant long-sleeved kimono, while a majority of male attendees are dressed in suits. Many people return to their hometown to participate in the ceremony. Therefore, the event often doubles as a great occasion to catch up with old friends. Traditionally, government officials and other distinguished guests give speeches at the ceremony. However, many organizers are now reviewing the event program to make it more appealing to new adults.