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Children’s holidays in Japan.

Children's holidays in Japan.

Many people can envy children in Japan, because this country has the largest number of children’s holidays. In this country, traditional, familiar to everyone, birthdays are celebrated, there are special days for boys and girls. There are also those that are noted when the child reaches a certain age. Now many of them are celebrated at home, with their families, and previously many were official.
From birth to one year.
The appearance of a baby is very important in the family. A little earlier, such an event was accompanied by various ceremonies, they were held in the evening, in the first week of the child’s life. There were four ceremonies in total, they were performed on odd days, starting from the birthday.
The celebration of the seventh day in many settlements exists to this day, it is a naming holiday called ostia. Only on this day the child is introduced to his family for the first time and his name is called. Even if it was invented a long time ago, you can say it no earlier than this day.
The ceremony takes place as follows: after the arrival of all the guests, the child’s nanny or his grandmother carries the baby to the guests, and the father calls his name. Those present drink sake to his health and eat treats.
The child is brought to the Shinto temple a month later, but there are also some peculiarities here. The boy is supposed to be carried on the thirty – first day, and the girl-on the thirty-second. Food for adults is given to the child on the one hundred and twentieth day, and this is a family ceremony. Next to the adult table, a table is set for the child, he is laid out “adult” food.
The mother sits down at a table with the child and feeds him, among the food there will definitely be rice, which serves as a symbol of a firm character.
The day when the baby turns one year old is, for the most part, a holiday of parents. The little birthday boy does not even receive gifts. This tradition is explained by the veneration of ancestors, which children absorb from an early age.
Siti-go-san.
Three, five and seven years of age in Japan are important. On the fifteenth of November, the streets are always filled with children who are dressed up and taken to the temple. The boys are wearing bright silk clothes, and the girls are wearing colorful kimonos. The Japanese believe that by visiting the temple at this time, the child will be lucky in life.
At the age of three, it is considered that the early period of childhood has ended, and five years are significant for a boy. This is due to the ancient traditions that the samurai had. When a girl turns seven years old, her clothes are decorated with an obi belt, it means the beginning of growing up.
On all these holidays, relatives are invited to visit, gifts are given to children. The most popular delicacy on such days is lollipops, they are often sold at the entrance to temples. Well-being will bring a long lollipop, which the child will share with friends.
How to decorate the world.
Of course, all traditional holidays are important for children, they absorb the special culture of their country from childhood. Girls ‘Day and Boys’ Day are considered special holidays, which are timed to coincide with women’s and men’s classes. They originated several hundred years ago, but they are still being celebrated now.
Honoring traditions, children always remain children. Therefore, they have new games, holidays and hobbies. One of them is the anime culture, which has its own characteristics, history and costumes. They are called kigurumi, and they are worn to break traditional views. Wearing kigurumi Panda, Dairy cow and many others, children paint the world with bright colors.
Despite the importance of traditions, a child should be a child: play, smile and be naughty. And it’s great when parents join his games: a cheerful family in kigurumi will definitely cause smiles of passers-by. But, even if there is no desire to go out in such clothes, it is more suitable for the house. It is important to feel that everyone in the family is “of the same blood”!