May 5th is Kodomo no Hi, or “Children’s Day” in Japan. It is a National Holiday honoring the health, happiness, and individuality of children.
On May 4th, Mukai Farm & Garden is holding an open house with some activities for children to celebrate this special day. Please come join us! Check this website and/or our FB page for updates.
What is Kodomo no Hi? – This holiday was originally celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month in the lunar calendar, the celebration used to be known as “Tango no Sekku (Boy’s Day)” while “Hinamatsuri (Girls’ Day)” was celebrated on March 3rd, and it was strongly linked to the samurai culture.
In 1948, the government decreed this day to be a national holiday to celebrate the happiness of all children, and it was renamed Kodomo no Hi (Children’s Day) and changed to include both boys and girls.
On Kodomo no hi, families with boys set up large sized carp streamers, called Koinobori outside the house. Koi fish, or Carp, are believed to be strong, spirited fish and are revered for their determination in fighting as they swim upstream and through powerful waterfalls. Koinobori symbolize the desire for children to become brave and strong indivuduals.
Families also display kabuto (samurai helmets), and/or gogatsu-ningyo (samurai dolls and their armaments). The samurai dolls often represent traditional folktale characters such as Kintaro and Momotaro who symbolize courage and strength.
Come visit us on May 4th and learn more about this Japanese traditional celebration, and/or view the house and garden to learn the history of Mukai Farm & Garden!