Children’s Day : We wish for our boys to grow strong.

▶ May 5th (fifth) is Children’s Day. It is a national holiday. We wish for the health and happiness of children. This day is also a day for boys, while March 3rd (third) is a day for girls.

▶ Families with young boys celebrate this holiday with special customs. They display samurai dolls inside the home, and fly carp-shaped streamers outside in the hope that their sons will grow up strong.

▶ In some traditional families, boys bathe in an iris bath. There are also special sweets eaten on this day, such as rice cakes wrapped in oak leaves.