Fukuoka never ceases to attract tourists who like to rest in large modern cities. It is a thriving metropolis, one of the ten largest and most densely populated cities in the country. Surprisingly, modern and rapidly developing city has managed to preserve the cultural heritage of past centuries. Many travelers arrive to the city at the beginning of May, when the Golden Week Festival is held in Fukuoka.
It is a series of several national celebrations; traditionally the most striking and memorable holiday is Hakata Dontaku. The holiday has got its current name in the early 17th century; it is believed that it derives from the German word ‘zondag,’ which means ‘Sunday.’
Celebration begins with a parade taking place on the main avenue of the city. Lots of children are usually involved in the solemn procession that makes the holiday even more touching and sincere. Matsubayashi performances, in which participate about 10,000 people, have become traditional for the holiday. It looks simply mesmerizing; all the performers wear beautiful national costumes and all performances are accompanied with national music.
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