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Unformatted text preview: Kodomo­no­hi CHILDREN' DAY IN JAPAN One of the most popular national holidays in Japan is Children's Day (Kodomo-no-hi) which falls on May 5Th and is part of the Golden Week. It is a festival set aside to respect children's personalities and to celebrate their happiness. To drive away bad spirits and wish their children future success, families hoist koinobori (cloth carp streamers) from balconies and flagpoles, and indoors display gogatsu-ningyo (samurai dolls and their armaments) on tiered ledges. Children take syobuyu (a bath with a bunch of floating iris leaves), and eat kashiwa-mochi (a rice cake wrapped in an oak leaf) and chimaki (a dumpling wrapped in bamboo leaves) on this day (thesis statement) The day was originally called Tango no Sekku ( H h c ¶ ª ), and was celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th moon in the lunar calendar or Chinese calendar. After Japan's switch to the Gregorian calendar, the date was moved to May 5th on the Gregorian calendar. The festival is still celebrated in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau as the Duanwu Festival or Duen Ng Festival (Cantonese), in Korea as the Dano Festival, and Vietnam as the Tet Doan Ngo on the traditional lunar calendar date. Sekku means a season's festival (there are five sekku per year). Tango no Sekku marks the beginning of summer or the rainy season. Tango has a double meaning: Tan means "edge" or "first" and go means "noon." In Japanese go also means five ( n ), which could refer to the date of the festival: the fifth day of the fifth month. In Chinese culture, the fifth month of the Chinese calendar was said to be a month for purification, and many rites that were said to drive away evil spirits were performed. Although it is not known precisely when this day started to be celebrated, it was probably during the reign of the Empress Suiko (593–628 A.D.). In Japan, Tango no Sekku was assigned to the fifth day of the fifth month after the Nara period. this was Until recently, Tango no Sekku was known as Boys' Day (also known as Feast of Banners). In 1948, the government decreed day to be a national holiday to celebrate the happiness of all children and to express gratitude toward mothers. After that, it renamed Kodomo no Hi. On very this symbol is streamers flown by fought in the battlefield in two theories on the derivation of is that the day is for the against attacks by the Mongolian the day that allied Japanese Mongolian forces, which we call The other is that in the 14th Ashikaga achieved the unification of Japan on the day. this day, Carp Streamer is a popular image. The origin of Samurai warriors when they medieval times. There are date of Children's Day: One commemoration of defending invasion. On 5th of May is Samurai force beaten Genko in the 13th century. century, the Shogun, Takauji The design of the streamer was not originally a carp, at first it was the crest of each Samurai family. Then it changed into a picture of Samurai warrior and carp designed streamers appeared in the 17th century. The carp design is derived from a Chinese legend. In legend, a carp which could successfully run up against a waterfall becomes a dragon (in Japan, it is believed that there are millions of gods and dragon is thought to be one of them). From this legend, carp is thought to be a symbol of success and people in Japan began to fly Carp Streamers with a view to celebrating their children' future success. The top of the carp streamers is a streamer ("Fukinagashi"). The black carp streamer is a father. The red carp streamer is a mother. The other carp streamers are children. the ...
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