Kodomo no Hi, or Children’s Day, is a traditional annual event that takes place as part of the Golden Week celebrations on May 5th each year in Japan. The idea of this public holiday is to respect children’s personalities and to celebrate their happiness.
Although this day has been celebrated since ancient times, it was officially designated a national holiday by the Japanese government in 1948.
Since that time, tt has become a much loved event in Japan and a time for families to do something together. Before May 5th, families across Japan fly carp-shaped Koinobori “streamers” in their gardens or from their balconies – one for each child in the family.
In Japanese folklore, the carp is a symbol of determination and vigor, as it is believed that they can overcome all obstacles they face when swimming upstream.
Samurai warrior figurines and samurai kabuto – a type of helmet are also displayed in homes to inspire strength and bravery in children.
It is a wonderful time of the year and a busy time for photography studios. Many families go to the studios, have their kids put on the warrior clothes and get professional snaps taken.