Children's Day

Public and national holidays in Japan National Holiday in Japan


Part of Golden Week, Children's Day Festival is celebrated on this day, the fifth of the fifth.

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.

Families pray for the health and future success of their sons by hanging up carp streamers and displaying samurai dolls, both symbolizing strength, power and success in life.

Until recently, it was known as Boys' Day while Girls' Day (Hinamatsuri) was celebrated on March 3.

In 1948, the government decreed this day to be a national holiday to celebrate the happiness of all children and to express gratitude toward mothers.

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