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Children's Day or Kodomo no hi
Children's Day or Kodomo no hi
Boy's Day is Celebrated on May 5
Boys Day (vs Girls Day)
Children's Day (Kodomo no Hi) is a Japanese national holiday which takes place annually on May 5, the fifth day of the fifth month, and is the final celebration in Golden Week. It is a day set aside to respect children's personalities and to celebrate their happiness. It was designated a national holiday by the Japanese government in 1948. It has been a day of celebration in Japan since ancient times. -Wikipedia

Girls Day vs Boys Day

Girls Day is celebrated on March 3rd (3/3 - easy to remember). Boys Day is celebrated May 5 (5/5 - again easy to remember). (Irrelevant but on the same lines, Tanabata is 7/7... more on that in July)

For Girls Day (hina matsuri), Dolls are set up. It can be as simple as just the Emperor and Empress, or a 7-tiered set with the Emperor, Empress and the whole court. These are set up one month before and taken down the day after 3/3, as the superstition is that the daughter will have a late marriage if they are left up longer.

Boys Day is May 5th. Carp (Koi) windsocks are flown starting a month before. Warrior dolls are displayed in the houses.

Both holidays have songs and foods associated with the day.

Childrens Day (Kodomo no hi) is the 'official name' of Boy's Day in Japan, but it is the celebration of boys.

Sunday, 5 May, 2019