節句

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Etymology[edit]

Appears to be a Japanese coinage using Sinitic components, as a compound of (setsu, joint, section, in reference to the turning of the seasons, and how the seasonal holidays mark different sections of the year) +‎ (ku, phrase; haiku). The meaning of ku here is uncertain, and might be a reference to seasonally themed poetry. The ku portion can also be spelled (attendant, accompaniment, retinue), also read in kun'yomi as tomo and cognate with (tomo, friend) and (tomo, together, with), but the meaning of ku in this spelling is also uncertain.

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節句 (hiragana せっく, romaji sekku)

  1. a seasonal festival day, such as 子供の日 (Kodomo no Hi, Children's Day) on 5 May or 七夕 (Tanabata) on 7 July
  2. (by extension from the way that most sekku are also holidays) rest and relaxation, a break (of a day or longer)

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1998, NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 (NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: NHK, ISBN 978-4-14-011112-3