Children's Day (Japan)

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Flags decorated like koi fish (koinobori) are common on Children's Day[1]

Children's Day (子供の日 kodomo no hi?) in Japan is celebrated on May 5.[2] It has been a national holiday in Japan since 1948.[3] Children's Day is one of a group of national holidays called Golden Week.

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Since the 8th century, it was traditional to have special days for children twice a year—March 3 for girls[4] and May 5 for boys.[5]

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References[change | edit source]

  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Koi-nobori" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 544.
  2. Ginkoya, Boy's Day; retrieved 2012-2-21.
  3. KidsWebJapan, Children's Day; retrieved 2012-2-21.
  4. Ginkoya, Girl's Day; retrieved 2012-2-21.
  5. Japanese American National Museum, "Koinobori: Celebrating the Spirit of Boys Day"; retrieved 2012-2-21.