Ceremonies for Children in Japan
Omma from Japan
(Girls' Day) is held on March 3rd. The parents
celebrate their daughters' growth and good health
on this day.
from Chifuyu Omma
A card for Girls' Day, which is held on
March 3rd in Japan.
not only celebrate, but also decorate with
Hina-dolls, Emperor and Empress dolls. These
dolls are displayed on seven tiers of shelves which
represent dolls of prince and princes, their 3
female servants, 5 music players, 2 ministers and 3
guards working in the palace.
have a good time drinking white rice wine, sugar
rice crackers, Gomoku-sushi (mixed sushi
rice), and clear clam soup.
festival is held on November 15th. Girls at 7
years, boys at 5 years and girls at 3 years are
blessed at the shrine. On this day, children put on
their formal wear, like traditional kimono. They
show appreciation for good growth and wishes for
better growth for future. The children have a candy
bag which contains 3 long stick candies called
Chitose-ame in their hand. To have a good
memory of their record of growth, pictures are
taken and put in a photo album.
Day is a national holiday. It is called
Tango-no-Sekku in and is celebrated
on May 5th.
On Tango-no-Sekku (Children's Day)
Families hang carp-shaped flags on high
poles and eat special rice cakes and
steamed sticky rice.
used to be a boy's day originally; thus, families
with boys decorate a warrior doll with a helmet,
sword, and bows with arrows.
show parents' expectation for their sons to become
brave and have good luck in the future.
also put carp-shaped flags on the high
celebrate with rice cakes with red bean sweets
inside and wrapped by Kashiwa leaves, and
steamed sticky rice wrapped in bamboo
and Celebrations of the
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