Children's Day in Japan

Public and national holidays in Japan National Holiday in Japan

Children's Day is celebrated in Japan on 5 May

When is Children's Day in Japan?

How long until Children's Day?
This holiday next takes place in 351 Days.
Dates of
Year Weekday Date
2020 Tuesday May 05
2019 Monday May 06
2019 Sunday May 05
2018 Saturday May 05
1 Day
Local name
Kodomo no hi
This is a day set aside to respect childrens personalities and to celebrate their happiness

Part of Golden Week, Children's Day Festival is celebrated on 5 May, the fifth of the fifth.

It is a day set aside to respect children's personalities and to celebrate their happiness.

History of Children's Day

This day 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.

Golden Week

Children's Day is the last holiday of Golden Week. The Golden Week is a period when four national holidays fall within the space of seven days. The days which are holidays each year depend on how the holidays fall in combination with the two weekends either side of Golden Week. It has become a very popular and busy holiday season in Japan.

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