According to a 1948 directive to "Acknowledge their adulthood and encourage and congratulate youth who will now strive to live on their own," January 15th has been set aside by law as a day of celebration. At present, this day has been altered to the second Monday in January. On this day. municipalities hold "Coming of Age Ceremonies, which are attended by throngs of official new adults, all wearing their best clothing. Many women wear long-sleeved kimono at this time.