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In Japan there is a national holiday for children, Children's Day, on May 5th. It is a day meant to appreciate and celebrate the children's health, growth, and happiness. It was originally a day set for just boys and called "Tango no Sekku". (Girls have their own day on March 3rd called "Hina Matsuri".) But since 1948, May 5th officially became a national holiday known as "Kodomo no hi", or Children's Day.
On Children's Day, carp-shaped streamers called "koinobori" are displayed and flown outside the house. Kabuto, a helmet used by ancient Japanese warriors, is also displayed in the house to represent the strength and health of the boy.
Another common tradition is for the family to eat "kashiwa mochi", a rice cake filled with sweet red bean paste, wrapped in oak leaves. Unlike the leaves of the "sakura mochi", the oak leaves of the kashiwa mochi are not eaten.