Kodomo no Hi 子供の日 [5th of May]
May 5th is the day called “Children’s day” [子供の日/こどものひ]
You can see many “koinobori” 鯉のぼり (carp-shaped windsocks) around this day.
It’s the last day of the “Golden Week” holiday.
The origin of “Children’s day” is, that families of “samurai” began to celebrate May 5th as the day for boys to become part of samurai culture, rituals and customs. Today, families with boys are displayed with miniature “samurai” armor, helmets and dolls.
Families put up one “koinobori” for each of their children.The vigorous movement of Koinobori in the wind is thought to represent a healthy childhood.
Also, hanging up“Koinobori” (carp-shaped streamers) which representing strength and success in life.
This thought is came from China. Chinese legend say carp became dragons when they swim up rapid stream. Nowadays, this day is the national holiday to celebrate the growth and health of children. Families enjoy special desserts for Children’s Day such as mochi ricecakes wrapped in oak leaves.