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May 5 Children’s Day Celebrations

Children's Days

May 5 Children’s Day Celebrations National Children’s Days are observed on various days throughout the year in countries all around the world.  The day is devoted to celebrating the health and happiness of all children. Japan and South Korea celebrate Children’s Day on May 5, the fifth day of the fifth month. Kodomo No Hi is a national holiday in Japan.  Colorful…

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Hinamatsuri, The Japanese Doll Festival

Hinamatsuri

Hinamatsuri, also known as the Japanese Doll Festival or Girls’ Day, is celebrated every March 3. Hina are the special dolls for the occasion and matsuri is the Japanese word for a festival or holiday. Families and communities wish health and happiness for all girls on this special day. Hina Dolls Hina dolls are typically a gift from a…

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Shichi-Go-San: A Japanese Birthday Celebration

Shichi-Go-San

Shichi-Go-San literally means seven-five-three in Japanese. The celebration, held every November 15, is a traditional rite of passage for Japanese boys turning 3 and 5 and girls turning 3 and 7 years old. The day is dedicated to the growth and happiness of young children. Why 7-5-3?  There are some different explanations for the ages chosen for…

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Global Celebrations: Tanabata (Star Festival)

Tanabata Star Festival in Japan

What is Tanabata? Also known as Star Festival, Tanabata is a Japanese festival meaning “Evening of the seventh.” Tanabata is originally based on a Chinese legend. It celebrates the meeting of two stars which are usually separated by the Milky Way and, according to legend, only allowed to meet once a year: on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month. Find…

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