Children's Day

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Children's Day

Children's Day

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.

Boy's Day

Boy'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.

Kashiwa-mochi

Kashiwa-mochi

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.

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