Children’s day is celebrated on the 5th of May during the Golden Week in Japan, to honor the happiness and individuality of all Japanese children.
The festival used to be known as Tango no Sekku and was originally dedicated to boys and celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth moon in the Chinese lunar calendar, until 1984. Girls however, have their own festival, called Hina Matsuri (Doll’s Day) which is held on the third day of the third month to date. But that was overhauled and now the holiday celebrates all children and their parents.
Families often fly a carp-shaped banner, known as koinobori, for each child outside the house. The carp was chosen as the symbol of Children’s Day because the Japanese consider it as the most spirited fish, full of energy and strength to fight its way up rapidly-flowing streams. Because of its strength and determination to overcome all obstacles, the carp symbolises courage and the ability to attain high goals.
Samurai and warrior figures and samurai kabuto helmets are also displayed in homes to inspire bravery and strength.
The holiday’s also filled with Japanese food, martial arts, origami and calligraphy, ikebana, performances, music, kimono-wearing and much more.
Sirine Ben Mlouka
JET Press Team