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|May 5 Kodomo No Hi Childerns Day|
|Written by Administrator|
|Saturday, 26 April 2008 16:17|
Kodomo No Hi (Children's Day) falls on May 5th and is one of the most popular national holidays in Japan. Although it is called Children's Day, it originally started as “Tango no Sekku” (Boy's Day) similar to Hinamatsuri (Girl's Day).
After World War II it was changed to celebrate the health and growth of all children, in hopes of uplifting the spirits of Japan.
Gogatsu-Ningyo (Dolls for boys) are put on display in homes. The dolls are patterned after samurai warriors and heroes, and their armaments, such as Kintaro, Momotaro and others that symbolize courage.
Iris flowers bloom during this time, and are placed in the home to ward off evil. Some families still practice the ancient practice of taking a Syobuyu (a bath with floating iris leaves). This is said to have medicinal values.
Families also eat Kashiwa-Mochi (a rice cake stuffed with bean paste and wrapped with oak leaves) and Chimaki (a dumpling wrapped in bamboo leaves).