Fly koi on Boys’ Day/Children’s Day

May 5 is traditionally considered Boys’ Day in Japanese culture, when we fly koinobori (koi/carp wind socks) to signify the number of boys in a household. “The carp is a symbol of strength, determination, vigor, and success.  Figurines of Japanese warriors and heroes are set up inside the house along with representations of samurai helmets to inspire strength and bravery.”

“Tango no Sekku or Children’s Day is a Japanese national holiday celebrating the healthy growth and development of children, especially boys. The purpose of the holiday is to encourage children to grow to be strong leaders and powerful individuals. Celebrated on May 5th, Children’s Day became a national holiday in 1948. Prior to that time many people celebrated May 5th as Boy’s Day.”

Children’s Day doll display will be at the Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures opening on April 25 to May 29, 2017 (4455 E. Camp Lowell Dr.)  Upcoming Children’s day festival at Yume Japanese Gardens on May 6, 2017 (2130 N. Alvernon Way). See our SAJCC Calendar for more details.

“Originally a festival to wish for the health and happiness of boys, Kodomo no Hi, or Children’s Day, as it is now called, honors all children with traditional decorations and activities.” Favorite foods are prepared in honor of the boys in the household.

Happy Boys’ Day/Children’s Day 2017. May 5 is still Boys’ Day in Hawaii, and many koi are flown above homes.

Koi owned by Stephan Classen, only son of the Editor, photo courtesy of Carolyn Classen

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